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Richard Wilbur. Collected Poems 1943-2004 Paperback – 29 Sep 2005

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: The Waywiser Press; First UK ed edition (29 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904130178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904130178
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 4 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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A technically flawless paradigm of dignified, mostly stanzaic, mostly rhyming verse. -- Stephen Burt -- Poetry Review (London)

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It is a consolation to read through sixty years of Richard Wilbur’s poetry. He should be read in the company of ... Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens. – Harold Bloom

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Wilbur is a good example of a poet made, not born. His early work is indifferent, but he learnt his craft with determination and, in mid-career, with 'Advice to a Prophet', came into his own. That volume is, surely, a masterpiece. His later work is often excellent. The volume is sensibly arranged, volume by volume, in reverse chronological order and is clearly printed on good quality paper. I have nearly read the collection from cover to cover and shall, I'm sure, dip it into it often.
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Richard Wilbur worked mostly within 'classical' forms of poetry, but managed, within that framework, to create an immense and varied body of work.
Whereas those forms can often turn into a straightjacket, with all the awkwardness that can follow, Wilbur's poems flow naturally and frequently pack quite an emotional punch.
Comparisons with Wallace Stevens are understandable, but Wilbur has a distinctive voice all of his own.
This is a huge and beautifully presented tome. It may seem like too much, but it isn't. Inside are many, varied rewards and it deserves a place on any poetry lover's shelf.
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An excellent collection of poems from a master craftsman with a great imagination.
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American poet laureate, excellent poems.
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