Conversations with Richard Wilbur

Conversations with Richard Wilbur

by William Butts
     
 

With wit, charm, and grace the interviews in this collection demonstrate what readers of Wilbur's poems long have suspected: that this former U.S. poet laureate is no less persuasive and forceful in extemporaneous speech than he is in verse and prose.

Wilbur proves as enlightening and thought-provoking with student reporters from Amherst College, his alma

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With wit, charm, and grace the interviews in this collection demonstrate what readers of Wilbur's poems long have suspected: that this former U.S. poet laureate is no less persuasive and forceful in extemporaneous speech than he is in verse and prose.

Wilbur proves as enlightening and thought-provoking with student reporters from Amherst College, his alma mater, as with journalists for THE PARIS REVIEW, displaying the same dazzling talents that garnered him the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 and again thirty years later.

Opinionated yet ever-charitable, he presents the case for rhyme and meter in a dozen different ways in just as many interviews. He expresses a degree of admiration for poetic opposites such as Allen Ginsberg and addresses the objections of his critics.

Wilbur's comments and keen insights on his coevals and his craft read as articulately as fine prose. His observations never fail to stimulate or to challenge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878054251
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
03/01/1990
Series:
Literary Conversations Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

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