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
One of my favorites:
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 ...more
“For C.” is the mos ...more
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 ...more