Collected Poems 1943-2004

Collected Poems 1943-2004

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by Richard Wilbur
     
 

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OVER THE COURSE of his distinguished sixty-year career, Richard Wilbur has written seventeen collections of poetry, five children’s books, and numerous works of prose and translations. This volume presents a comprehensive collection of Wilbur’s work, including many of his most recent poems.See more details below

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OVER THE COURSE of his distinguished sixty-year career, Richard Wilbur has written seventeen collections of poetry, five children’s books, and numerous works of prose and translations. This volume presents a comprehensive collection of Wilbur’s work, including many of his most recent poems.

Editorial Reviews

Michael Dirda
It's tempting to keep quoting this marvel-filled poetry, but there's really no need. You should already be familiar with Richard Wilbur's work -- and if you're not, then you know what present to ask for this holiday season.
— The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
During the early 1950s, no young poet was more admired, nor more imitated, than Wilbur: his elegant stanzas and courteous artifice, devoted to "wit and wakefulness," modest ironies and "small strict shape," fit the careful, even chastised, postwar mood. Five decades and eight books later, Wilbur shows undiminished-and still acknowledged-powers: New Formalists and devotees of Robert Frost find Wilbur a favorite modern model, while readers with broader tastes nevertheless cherish his new excellence in old modes. This expansive and definitive volume (supplanting his Pulitzer Prize-winning 1987 New and Collected Poems) incorporates his strong 2000 book Mayflies, along with 13 new poems which (like Mayflies) alternate nostalgic affection with learned humor: a Frostian lyric set in Key West considers "houses built on sand" which nevertheless "glow like the settings of some noble play." The poet's 1960s and 1970s writings (especially The Mind-Reader) seem here overdue for revival, while his meticulous translations (from Latin, French, Russian and Spanish) comprise a too-often-neglected part of the whole. Wilbur has also won acclaim as a translator of verse plays, a writer of verse for children, and a Broadway lyricist; a brief appendix holds "show lyrics" from Candide (1956), and a much longer one collects his five children's books, among them Opposites (1973) and More Opposites (1991): "The opposite of fast is loose,/ And if you doubt it you're a goose." (Dec.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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PRAISE FOR COLLECTED POEMS 1943-2004

"Collected Poems 1943-2004 is the indispensable Wilbur. The emergence of a poet like Wilbur as a hero to a new generation of critics is cause for hope: that readers, not gatekeepers, might rediscover poems written in the spirit of generosity and care, and disciplined by the idea of an uncaptive audience."--The New York Times Book Review

"The work in these five hundred or so pages has been one of the saving graces of poetry in our time, as beautiful and moving as it is artful and accomplished. This collected edition will see a reader through quiet evenings and noisy Metro commutes, indeed through one's whole life."--The Washington Post Book World

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780151011056
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
12/06/2004
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.29(d)

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