Contemporary American Poetry: Not the End, but the Beginning

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Among many of the twelve poets selected for this volume in the series, several were new to me. One such poet was Theodore Roethke. His life was difficult, but he managed to get an education and graduated with honors form the University of Michigan. He taught and wrote poetry and in 1953 won the Pulitzer Prize for his book of poetry, The Waking. Another is William Stanley Merwin who hails from my home state of New Jersey. After studying Romance languages, he began translating poetry and even worked abroad in Spain. His own works began to attract attention and win awards including a Pulitzer Prize. He continues to publish his own works as well as translations and has served on prestigious committees such as one of the U.S. Poet Laureate Consultants for the bicentennial year of the Library of Congress. Among those who readers may know better are Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sylvia Plath, and Allen Ginsberg. It was particularly gratifying to see a number of women included in this book about modern poets. In addition to the brief descriptions of these poets' lives and excerpts from their major works, there are also descriptions of poetic forms and techniques. There are some interesting fact boxes scattered throughout for those who love trivia. This is a useful book for students and even adults who may want a reintroduction to these poets and their works, which may spur them on to read some of the world's greatest poetry. There are chapter notes, a glossary, a list of further readings and internet sites, and an index. This book is part of the "Poetry Rocks!" series. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766032798
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Poetry Rocks! Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.82 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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