Roethke's prose teems with fierce intelligence and outrageous quoteable quotes.
Library JournalThis fresh look at the thoughts of Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning poet Roethke was created from two previous volumes of the writer's prose notebooks: On the Poet and His Craft (1965) and Straw for the Fire: From the Notebooks of Theodore Roethke, 1943-62 (1972). The introduction by Carolyn Kizer, who studied with the distinguished poet-teacher at the University of Washington, sets the tone of the work, which shows Roethke's thought processes as he set words to paper to create his masterpieces. This volume focuses on Roethke as a demanding yet introspective teacher who struggled with his personal life and taught his students the value of verbs and cadence. In his notebooks, Roethke dissected his own pieces and the works of other writers he valued, such as W.B. Yeats, Stanley Kunitz, Dylan Thomas, and James Joyce. A perfect work for students and aspiring writers; recommended for literature and creative writing collections. Joyce Sparrow, Juvenile Welfare Board Lib., Pinellas Park, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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