The Trumbull Library, 33 Quality St., is hosting a free program, What the Great Poets Had to Say About Wintertime and Yuletide, presented by Peter J. O’Connell on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m.

What the Great Poets Had to Say About Wintertime and Yuletide highlights the fact that notable Poets — ranging from Shakespeare to Connecticut’s own Wallace Stevens — through the years have not just addressed themselves to the beauties of spring but have had much to say about wintertime, its beauties and its challenges, its celebrations and its sorrows, its fun and its frights. And, of course, Yuletide is a major part of winter. The presentation will call attention to some moving works that don’t get as much attention as they should during the holiday season.

O’Connell holds a BA in English and History from Johns Hopkins University and an MA in American Studies from Yale Graduate School, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a Danforth Fellow. For half a century, he has been a professional writer/editor/researcher and from time-to-time, a college teacher (at Yale, Bethune-Cookman, Fordham, University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University, and Albertus Magnus College) of subjects ranging from Great Books of the Western World to Native American Literature.

This event is free and open to the public. Drop in.