A “maverick’s maverick,” Yvor Winters chose a poetic path that led him away from the free-verse fashions of his time to champion traditional literary form. This new selection, edited by his former student Thom Gunn, presents all of the essential poems of Winters’ idiosyncratic career, from his early Imagist experiments to his final meditative masterpieces. Rigorous, impassioned, and austere, these poems offer vivid proof that, as Gunn puts it, “The life of poetry is not just contained but is defined by its form.”
About the American Poets Project
Elegantly designed in compact editions, printed on acid-free paper, and textually authoritative, the American Poets Project makes available the full range of the American poetic accomplishment, selected and introduced by today’s most discerning poets and critics.
About the Author
Thom Gunn (1929–2004) studied with Yvor Winters at Stanford University and was a senior lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley. He published more than 30 books of poetry in the United States and Britain, including Collected Poems (1994) and Boss Cupid (2000).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My opinion of this work is admittedly biased by the fact that I'm not a huge fan of strict formalist poetry. So the first 60-or-so pages that began this volume, consisting of Winters' work in modernist and imagist styles, was for the most part heavenly to me, while the subsequent 80 pages ¿ following Winters' shift to a very strict formalism ¿ failed, with a few exceptions, to really hold my interest.