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Selected Poems by Theodore Roethke
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Sep 14, 07

bookshelves: poetry, 20thcentury
Read in September, 2007

I had read bits and pieces of Roethke's poetry, but I have a much broader sense of him now. In subject matter he compares to Whitman and his association with the land and all that means. He is more formal, though, probably more in the line of Yeats, and he likes to compare himself to guys like Christopher Smart and John Clare. An eclectic set of influences, certainly, but it often works. He's a classic minor poet in my mind--there are no poems that blow me away, but his work is consistently good.
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