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W. D. Snodgrass (1926–2009)

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Poet W. D. Snodgrass was born on January 5, 1926. After serving as a Navy typist during World War II, he received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Iowa. With the publication of Heart's Needle (1959) a collection of confessional poetry that won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize, vis mere Snodgrass gained immediate fame as one of the best poets to come out of the 1950s. Snodgrass's later poetry is much less directly personal, as he learned to deal with some of the major historical events of his time. His wrote more than 30 books of poetry, criticism and translations including After Experience (1967) and The Fuehrer Bunker (1977). He taught at numerous colleges including Cornell University, Wayne State University and the University of Delaware. He died from lung cancer on January 13, 2009 at the age of 83. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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(eng) William De Witt Snodgrass used the pseudonym S. S. Gardons.

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Associated Works

Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver914 eksemplarer
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (1990) — Bidragyder — 746 eksemplarer
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (1954) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver441 eksemplarer
Contemporary American Poetry (1962) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver383 eksemplarer
The Art of Losing (2010) — Bidragyder — 197 eksemplarer
The Best American Poetry 2005 (2005) — Bidragyder — 176 eksemplarer
The Best American Poetry 1994 (1994) — Bidragyder — 170 eksemplarer
Poets of World War II (2003) — Bidragyder — 133 eksemplarer
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Bidragyder — 63 eksemplarer
Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (2014) — Bidragyder — 41 eksemplarer
Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds (2004) — Bidragyder — 32 eksemplarer
60 Years of American Poetry (1996) — Bidragyder — 28 eksemplarer
Poetry in Crystal (1963) — Bidragyder — 14 eksemplarer
Men and Women: The Poetry of Love (1970) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer

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Pale soul, consumed by fear
of the living world you haunt,
have you learned what habits lead you
to hunt what you don't want;
learned who does not need you;
learned you are no one here?
cbwalsh | 2 andre anmeldelser | Sep 13, 2023 |
First published in 1960, W. D. Snodgrass's Heart's Needle is one of the finest single-volume collections of poetry I have ever read, a work of sustained verbal and conceptual intensity and remarkable consistency of vision and execution. The structure of the book is loosely narrative, tracing as it does the dissolution of a marriage and the resultant aftermath -- the title poem, which comprises the second half of the volume, is famously addressed in absentia to the poet's young daughter. The voice is by turns astringent, rueful, and defiant, and the prosody consists largely of vigorous yet flexible quatrains, a strong, classical driving line. The poems are full of sadness, but staunchly bereft of self-pity; they achieve a stinging emotional pitch while remaining fundamentally grave and austere. Taken as a whole, they are an achingly perfect expression of a certain kind of middle-aged American Protestant male poetic sensibility -- yearning, loss-haunted, full of inchoate nostalgia -- that I find deeply affecting.… (mere)
MikeLindgren51 | 2 andre anmeldelser | Aug 7, 2018 |
A wonderful first book, but more to the point, a wonderful book -- PERIOD. I wish I'd kept the copy I bought when it first appeared fifty-three years ago. I only wish that the hash-smoking ex-friend who had it got some good out of it. Meanwhile, the poems are quiet but intense, literate, and memorable these many years later. Curiously, I found that the sequence of pieces which give their name to the collection as whole made far less impression on me than individual pieces like "April inventory". Incidentally, those who know Snodgrass from his latter-day neo-Beatnik free/trippy stuff will be surprised to find that his earlier work might well have placed him in the ranks of the so-called "New Formalists" like Mark Jarman and Mariyln Hacker… (mere)
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HarryMacDonald | 2 andre anmeldelser | Oct 27, 2012 |
"Not for Specialists: New and Selected Poems by W.D. Snodgrass" Review by John Deming @ Coldfront.
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