- Series: Harvest Book
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (September 18, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0156654911
- ISBN-13: 978-0156654913
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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These collected poems of the Poet Laureate of the United States are, despite the prevailing view of modern poetry, a monument to the accessible and the beautiful. The language is lush, full "of heat and juice and heavy jammed excess," and deeply thoughtful. His concern for careful human stewardship of nature extends also to the artist's creative struggle to capture the truth of the world. One poignant poem, "The Writer," addresses this through his reaction to listening outside the door as his daughter earnestly struggles to compose a story on her typewriter: "It is always a matter, my darling/Of life or death, as I had forgotten. I wish/ What I wished you before, but harder." The collection won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1989.
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"Reprinting six of his principal verse collections, this omnibus displays Wilbur's many facets as nature poet, mordant commentator on social mores, philosophizer and as a translator adept at capturing the varied moods of poets as different as Voznesensky,Voznesensky in web.3/lk Borges and Jean de la Fontaine. Included also are 27 new poems, plus the cantata 'On Freedom's Ground'," observed PW. The volume won the Pulitzer Prize.
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Unexpected was his translations from French poets Molier and Francois Villon into English meter and rhyme. The book arrived pristine and impressive in size and scope.