American Poets – Part 2

Continuing to observe National Poetry Month, I wanted to mention a few famous poets  and their styles and what works we have in our collection!

Sylvia Plath

  • She was born on October 27, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts
  • She published her first poem at the age of 8 and lost her father that same year
  • She went on to have more of her earlier works published in magazines and newspapers
  • In 1950, she and her friend, Perry Norton, were published the Christian Science Monitor for the essay they worked on together titled, “A Youth’s Plea for World Peace”
  • While studying at Smith College, she edited the Smith Review and during the summer of her third year she had an internship as a guest editor for Mademoiselle in New York
  • Her poems ranged across many themes as she went through life; she could take inspiration from everyday occurrences and completely transform its interpretation
  • She battled depression for years going through varying treatments and episodes of depression before taking her life in 1963 and the age of 30
  • In 1981, she became the first person to win the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry posthumously for The Collected Poems

Some of her works in our collection

  • The Collected Poems DB017396
  • Sylvia Plath: Voice of the Poet DB060730
  • The Bell Jar DB021558

Ezra Pound

  • He was born on October 30, 1885 in Hailey, Idaho
  • His first publication was a limerick in 1896 at the age of 11 in Jenkintown Times-Chronicle
  • He graduated from Hamilton College in 1905 studying Romance Languages
  • In 1907 he taught Romance languages at Wabash College, but after a few controversial stunts he was asked to leave the college.
  • He would later travel to Europe where he found others who had similar views in modernizing poetry called Imagism which encourage to describe the essence of a single object, using clearer words and less rhetoric
  • He had a helping hand in fostering the young talent of Earnest Hemingway
  • After seeing the damage of World War I, he had negative views of the roles the United States and the United Kingdom had in the war. He turned to Italian fascism and was a supporter of Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler; near the end of World War II, he was arrested for treason against the United States

Some of his works in our collection

  • Selected Poems DB052448
April marks National Poetry Month! Throughout this month we will share information about some of the varying poetry styles practiced today and a little bit about their history. The purpose of the month is to increase the awareness and appreciation of poetry, and maybe help a few people find their inner poet talent.

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