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I am not a fan of much of Roethke's work, but the later poems speak to me more than the older. The long introduction by William J. Martz is informative in an old school way and there are enough poems I do like here to recommend the book as in introduction to Roethke's poetry.
Theodore Huebner Roethke was an American poet, who published several volumes of poetry characterized by its rhythm and natural imagery. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1954 for his book, The Waking. Roethke wrote of his poetry: The greenhouse "is my symbol for the whole of life, a womb, a heaven-on-earth." Roethke drew inspiration from his childhood experiences of working in his ...moreMore about Theodore Roethke...