The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke by Theodore Roethke

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...what Roethke had done was to conduct a revolution on the page. Upend...the sanctity of the household "king." Something that generations of Persian poets, who had elegantly written against the tyranny of political rulers, had never challenged.
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This paperback edition contains the complete text of Roethke's seven published volumes plus sixteen previously uncollected poems. Included are his Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners The Walking, Words for the Wind, and The Far Field.


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Theodore Roethke was a poet and educator. He was born on May 25, 1908 in Saginaw, Michigan. Roethke graduated from the University of Michigan in 1929. He entered Michigan Law School, but withdrew in 1930 to pursue a master's degree in literature at Harvard. Roethke did not complete his degree due to financial problems. Roethke worked as an instructor at Lafayette College, Pennsylvania State University, and Bennington College. His 1951 book, Praise to the End, won the Bollington Prize and his 1953 volume, The Waking, Poems 1933-1953, won the Pulitzer Prize. Roethke was also a two-time winner of the National Book Award and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Roethke died on August 1, 1963. Poet and critic Carolyn Kizer was born in Spokane, Washington, and educated at Sarah Lawrence College. She has spent a great deal of time studying in China. Influenced by the Chinese belief in yin and yang, Kizer writes about life's dualities - old and young, past and present, male and female. Exploring the woman poet's dilemma, women writers' contradictory position as "handmaidens/To our own goddess", Kizer also celebrates the paradoxes felt by women in a modern world. She has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize (1985) and a Poetry Society of America Frost Medal (1988). A skilled translator, she has done translations from Urdu, Macedonian, Yiddish, and, most notably, from Chinese - the great Tang poet Tu Fu and the love poems of a modern woman poet, Shu Ting.
 
Published December 14, 2011 by Anchor. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Roya Hakakian on Jan 09 2012

...what Roethke had done was to conduct a revolution on the page. Upend...the sanctity of the household "king." Something that generations of Persian poets, who had elegantly written against the tyranny of political rulers, had never challenged.

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