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In 1989 Richard Wilbur published New and Collected Poems, a landmark volume that won that year's Pulitzer Prize. Now, ten years later, he has prepared a collection of all the poetry he has written in the intervening years, together with new translations of Moliere (from Amphitryon) and Dante. These twenty-five poems reaffirm Wilbur's stature as one of our greatest living m ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Waywiser Press (first published April 4th 2000)
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Kirsten Kinnell
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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