By Kunitz, Stanley; Ljungquist, Kent; Kunitz, Stanley
"He back tops the crowd--he surpasses himself, the previous iron delivered to the white warmth of simplicity." that is what Robert Lowell acknowledged of the poetry of Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006) and his evolving artistry. The interviews and conversations contained during this quantity derive from 4 many years of Kunitz's exceptional occupation. They contact on aesthetic motifs in his poetry, the roots of his paintings, his friendships within the sister arts of portray and sculpture, his interactions with Lowell and Theodore Roethke, and his reviews on a number of poets: John Keats, Walt Whitman, Randall Jarrell, Wallace Stevens, and Anna Akhmatova.
Kunitz emerged from a mid-sized commercial city in crucial Massachusetts, surviving relatives tragedy and a feeling of non-public isolation and loneliness, to turn into an eloquent spokesman for poetry and for the ability of the human mind's eye. Kunitz has commented, "If we wish to be aware of what it felt prefer to be alive at any given second within the lengthy odyssey of the race, it really is to poetry we needs to turn." His personal odyssey from "metaphysical loneliness" to a feeling of neighborhood with fellow writers and artists--by construction associations like Poets apartment and the wonderful Arts paintings middle in Provincetown, Massachusetts--is ever found in those interviews.
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What was necessary was to understand the philosophical and theological background of the poem because the poem doesn’t consist of those beliefs. The acts of the poem refer to them, and the conduct of the characters whether in Hell or Purgatory or Paradise has been motivated, or at least made rational, through these beliefs.
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1950–1957 Directs poetry workshops, New School for Social Research, New York City. 1952 Edits with Howard Haycraft British Authors Before 1800. 1953 Wins Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship. 1954 Travels in Europe. 1955 Edits with Vineta Colby Twentieth-Century Authors: First Supplement. 1955–1957 Poet-in-residence, University of Washington. 1956 Receives Levinson Prize, Poetry magazine. 1956–1957 Poet-in-residence, Queen’s College, New York City. 1957 Spends a summer in Provincetown, Massachusetts.