Anterooms : new poems and translations /

A collection of twenty-two poems and translations accompanied by thirty-seven riddles translated from the Latin.

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Main Author: Wilbur, Richard, 1921-2017.
Corporate Author: Poets Laureate Collection (Library of Congress)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.
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Main Author:Wilbur, Richard, 1921-2017.
Summary:A collection of twenty-two poems and translations accompanied by thirty-seven riddles translated from the Latin.

Poetry lovers and critics will rejoice at the news of this collection from Richard Wilbur, the legendary poet and translator who was called "a hero to a new generation of critics" by the New York Times Book Review , and whose work continues to be masterful, accomplished, whimsical, fresh, and important.

A yellow-striped, green measuring worm opens Anterooms , a collection filled with poems that are classic Wilbur, that play with myth and form and examine the human condition through reflections on nature and love. Anterooms also features masterly translations from Mallarmé's "The Tomb of Edgar Allan Poe," a previously unpublished Verlaine poem, two poems by Joseph Brodsky, and thirty-seven of Symphosius's clever Latin riddles.

Whether he is considering a snow shovel and domestic life or playfully considering that "Inside homeowner is the word meow ," Wilbur's new collection is sure to delight everyone from longtime devotees to casual poetry readers. Exploring the interplay between the everyday and the mythic, the sobering and the lighthearted, Anterooms is nothing less than an event in poetic history and a remarkable addition to a master's oeuvre.

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Physical Description:63 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN:9780547358116
0547358113
Author Notes:

Richard Purdy Wilbur was born in New York City on March 1, 1921. He received a bachelor's degree from Amherst College in 1942. During Word War II, he was a combat soldier in Europe. He received a master's degree from Harvard University in 1947. He taught at Harvard University, Wesleyan University, Smith College, and Amherst College.

His first collection, The Beautiful Changes, was published in 1947. His other collections of poetry included The Mind-Reader and Anterooms. In 1957, he received the Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for Things of This World. He received a second Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for New and Collected Poems. He became the second poet laureate of the United States in 1987-88 and received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2006. He also wrote and illustrated several children's books and wrote lyrics for opera and musical theater productions including Leonard Bernstein's Candide. He was a translator of poems and other works from the French, Spanish, and Russian, including the plays of Molière and Jean Racine. He was the co-recipient of the Bollingen Translation Prize in 1963. He died on October 14, 2017 at the age of 96.

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