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Mayflies

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The Heart's Crayon


In 1988 Richard Wilbur, then poet laureate of the United States, published New and Collected Poems and won the Pulitzer Prize. It was the second time that Wilbur had received the honor, having won a Pulitzer in 1956 for his book Things of this World, the title poem of which many consider to be one of the finest American poems of the century. Since then, W

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Hardcover, 96 pages
Published April 4th 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Jake McAtee
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant.
Kirsten Kinnell
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, poetry-modern
I'm completely blown away and feel like I should go back over my ratings and demote everything by one star (of course I won't). Formal, metrical, full of ideas and humor. Perfect.

One of my favorites:

Elsewhere

The delectable names of harsh places:
Cilicia Aspera, Estremadura.
In that smooth wave of cello-sound, Mojave,
We hear no ill of brittle parch and glare.

So late October's pasture-fringe,
With aster-blur and ferns of toasted gold,
Invites to barrens where the crop to come
Is stone prized up
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Albion College
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
At age 91, Richard Wilbur is still writing and publishing wonderful poems, so this is by no means his latest work, but it is representative of the poetic gifts that have won him numerous awards. The title poem moves from evocative description of nature—here, a swarm of mayflies—to personal reflection to a final joyful, unifying recognition of the beauty of the Creator’s “fiats.” “A Barred Owl” captures human attempts to domesticate our fears of a darker, wilder side of nature.

“For C.” is the mos
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Charles
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It would do us all good to occasionally take some time out to read poetry. Words, with their subtle and differing meanings in combination are the backbone of civilization and in the hands of a master can generate so many different emotions. This collection, not all of which are by Richard Wilbur, are shining examples of the craft and art of poetry. Each moved me in different ways every time I read them, demonstrating the he is indeed worthy of his Pulitzer Prize. I highly recommend it for your p ...more
Edward Ferrari
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Most focused in translations and aphorisms, the other stuff awkward, rhymey, and unfocused. Prefer to read Wilbur's earlier books. Favorite poems were: the Dante translation, Fabrications, and 'This Pleasing Anxious Being.'
Penny
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very interesting collection, this volume contains Wilbur's own poetry interspersed with some translations he has done. It contains a wonderful poem by Wilbur entitled "Bone Key."
Sandybjork
Jun 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Jeremy proposed to Kara by giving her this book of poems with a note inside that Richard Wilbur wrote at Jeremy's request asking her to marry him.
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Wilbur was born in New York City and grew up in North Caldwell, New Jersey.He graduated from Montclair High School in 1938, having worked on the school newspaper as a student there. He graduated from Amherst College in 1942 and then served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945 during World War II. After the Army and graduate school at Harvard University, Wilbur taught at Wesleya
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