- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Ecco (April 21, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 088001217X
- ISBN-13: 978-0880012171
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces
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Poetry And The World Paperback – April 21, 1992
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"Robert Pinsky, who confesses in "Poetry and the World" to 'a kind of pitying Mistrust of literary criticism, ' nonetheless brings his distinguished credentials as a man of letters to bear on that double cosmos of his title. Readers will find instruction and delight richly mixed in his jargon-free analyses. The author's sensitivity, as a distinguished practicing poet, to poetry's social issues--not so much of subject matter as of audience--leads him to brilliant illuminations of idiom, tone and range of diction in (mostly) American poetry. Trust his literary introductions ... savor the fine precision of response that our modem critics tend, habitually and regrettably, to devalue."-- "The New York Times Book Review"
About the Author
Robert Pinsky was born on October 20, 1940 in Long Branch, New Jersey. He received a B.A. from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and earned both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stanford University, where he was a Stegner Fellow in creative writing, and studied under the poet and critic Yvor Winters
He is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently Gulf Music: Poems; Jersey Rain (2000); The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 (1996), which received the 1997 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
He is also the author of several prose titles, including The Life of David; Democracy, Culture, and the Voice of Poetry (2002); The Sounds of Poetry (1998), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Poetry and the World (1988); and The Situation of Poetry (1977). In 1985 he also released a computerized novel, Mindwheel.
Pinsky has published two acclaimed works of traslation: The Inferno of Dante (1994), which was a Book-of-the-Month-Club Editor's Choice, and received both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award
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From 1997 to 2000, he served as the United States Poet Laureate and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. During that time, he founded the Favorite Poem Project, a program dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry's role in Americans' lives.
In 1999, he co-edited Americans' Favorite Poems: The Favorite Poem Project Anthology with Maggie Dietz. Other anthologies he has edited include An Invitation to Poetry (W. W. Norton & Company, 2004); Poems to Read (2002); and Handbook of Heartbreak (1998).
His honors include an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, both the William Carlos Williams Award and the Shelley Memorial prize from the Poetry Society of America, the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, and a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. He is currently poetry editor of the weekly Internet magazine Slate
Pinsky has taught at both Wellesley College and the University of California, Berkeley, and currently teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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