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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Swallow Press (31 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804010137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804010139
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,675,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Winters's poems have compassion and are made of iron ... Dimwits have called him a conservative. He is the kind of conservative who was so original and radical that ... neither the avant-garde nor the vulgar had an eye for him."

-- Robert Lowell

"Yvor Winters is a master obscured by history."

-- Donald Justice

"Yvor Winters ... conducted a poetic revolution all his own. His writing has clarity, elegance, and power."

-- Allen Tate

Winters s poems have compassion and are made of iron ... Dimwits have called him a conservative. He is the kind of conservative who was so original and radical that ... neither the avant-garde nor the vulgar had an eye for him.
-- Robert Lowell"

Yvor Winters is a master obscured by history.
-- Donald Justice"

Yvor Winters conducted a poetic revolution all his own. His writing has clarity, elegance, and power."
-- Allen Tate" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Winters was a poet, critic, and Stanford University professor of English literature.

R. L. Barth edited "The Selected Letters of Yvor Winters" and "The Selected Poems of Janet Lewis". Educated at Northern Kentucky College and at Stanford, he lives in Edgewood, Kentucky.

R. L. Barth edited "The Selected Letters of Yvor Winters" and "The Selected Poems of Janet Lewis". Educated at Northern Kentucky College and at Stanford, he lives in Edgewood, Kentucky.

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HASH(0x90cbf9d8) out of 5 stars Several of the Greatest Poems of All Time 12 May 2000
By Ben Kilpela - Published on Amazon.com
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It almost brings a tear to my eye to see a new edition of the work of Arthur Yvor Winters in a handsome setting. Yvor was the great and controversial poet and critic who raised a storm of trouble in the literary world in the first half of the 20th century. His poetry is peerless. He has taken his place as one of the greatest poets in the history of the world (Yvor died in 1968). You should realize that he is a formalist, though he started his career as a free verse imagist. The story of his change of style is fascinating enough, and it is told nicely in the brief introduction. I would say that about a dozen of these poems are far beyond anyone's ability to rate them. In particular, "To the Holy Spirit" might be the single greatest poem written in English. I cannot think of anything better, not in Blake or Frost or Shakespeare. Can you believe that? You'll just have to read him to find out. Though Yvor has been largely forgotten, even in the new formalist circles, probably because he was so brazen and hard-edged, he has no equal. His themes are rather difficult to understand and feel, but the reward for your effort will be unmatched. Some of his work might fly over your head for years, as it has over mine after 25 years of reading it. But if you love poetry and believe poetry can mean something vital to human life, please join me in reading and re-reading this greatest of poets. Please feel free to write me at any time about Yvor Winters. Please visit my Amazon site for more recommendations.
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