Collected Poems 1943-2004

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9780151011056: Collected Poems 1943-2004

Over the course of his distinguished sixty-year career, Richard Wilbur has written numerous collections of poetry, five children’s books, and several works of prose and translation. This "handsome and in every sense weighty volume", as the critic William Pritchard called it, presents a comprehensive collection of Wilbur’s work, including complete texts of Mayflies (2000), New and Collected Poems (1987), The Mind-Reader (1976), Walking to Sleep (1969), Advice to a Prophet (1961), Things of This World (1956), Ceremony (1950), and The Beautiful Changes (1947). To these have been added thirteen poems written since Mayflies's original appearance, some of Wilbur's show lyrics, and his Poems for Children and Others: "Opposites", "More Opposites", "A Few Differences", "The Disappearing Alphabet" and "The Pig in the Spigot".

As well as containing an introduction by the author, the UK edition of the Collected Poems comes complete with an index of Titles and First Lines.

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A technically flawless paradigm of dignified, mostly stanzaic, mostly rhyming verse. -- Stephen Burt -- Poetry Review (London)

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Throughout his career Wilbur has shown, within the compass of his classicism, enviable variety. His poems describe fountains and fire trucks, grasshoppers and toads, European cities and country pleasures. All of them are easy to read, while being suffused with an astonishing verbal music and a compacted thoughtfulness that invite sustained reflection. Besides, they are so beautiful one simply wants to go back to them again and again. – Michael Dirda, Washington Post
No other twentieth-century American poet, with the possible exception of James Merrill, demonstrates such a Mozartean felicity in the writing of verse ... – Adam Kirsch, New Yorker
Richard Wilbur ... is the author of half a dozen of the most perfectly made poems of the twentieth century, poems whose quiet elegance is unexcelled by even the most illustrious names American poetry can offer ... His achievement is permanent. – James Longenbach, Slate

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