Poetry for Students, Vol. 11 by Elizabeth Thomason

By Elizabeth Thomason

Each one quantity of Poetry for college students offers research of roughly 20 poems pointed out because the most often studied in literature classes.

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Simpson’s Selected Prose, published in 1989 by Paragon House, includes an essay on his poem, “Chocolates,” and other previously uncollected essays. passion with which they discuss their preferences. But as Simpson himself says, “It didn’t have to be chocolates—anything they liked would have done … birthdays, for instance, or picnics … but chocolates were a happy choice. ” What readers remember most about this poem, however, isn’t necessarily what happened, the plot of the story, but rather its voice, its levelness and sincerity.

In these nineteen interviews and conversations with Richard Wilbur, ranging from 1962 to 1988, the reader has the opportunity to hear Wilbur’s “disarmingly open” voice and his views on poetry. A chronology of the poet’s life and Butts’ introduction trace changes in Wilbur’s poetry over his long career. Edgecombe, Rodney Stenning, A Reader’s Guide to the Poetry of Richard Wilbur, University of Alabama Press, 1995. This book is meant to be perused with a copy of Wilbur’s New and Collected Poems at hand.

1982: Leonoid Brezhnev dies; Yuri Andropov becomes general secretary of USSR. 1984: Andropov dies; Konstantin Chernenko becomes general secretary. The Soviets withdraw from the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. 1987: Russian-born poet Joseph Brodsky is awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Brodsky, who wrote in English as well as Russian, came to the United States in 1972. 1987: Doctor Zhivago is first published in Russia. 1989: The first multi-candidate elections are held in the Soviet Union, and several uncontested candidates are defeated.

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