Email this page Richard Wilbur. One of the most lauded and honored poets of 20th century American verse, Wilbur was the second poet laureate of the United States, succeeding Robert Penn Warren.
Wilbur is known for his careful and adroit formalism, so this poem seems unusual, as it neither rhymes nor adheres to a meter. Wilbur's tercets three-line stanzas are in a loose or accentual meter moving freely between iambic and anapestic feetwith three, five, and three beats per line see prosody and free verse.
This is worth noting, against the com parative strictness of Wilbur's other poems, to show that one of poetry's most gifted formalists sometimes loosens the reins. The poem opens by describing Wilbur's daughter, tentatively typing a story, as if writing meant setting out on a sea voyage: Her room is like the prow of a boat, the linden-tree outside toss like ocean-waves, the typewriter's clatter sounds like an anchor-chain dragged over the ship's edge.
However, accuracy compels Wilbur to reject this first comparison in favor of another—a maneuver seen in other Wilbur pieces, such as "Mind""The Mind-Reader""Trolling for Blues," and "Lying" both Hearing the intense silence between the bursts of typing—the pause while his daughter strains for the right words— Wilbur remembers a bird, a "dazed starling," that had been trapped in his daughter's room years ago.
This starling, battering itself bloody against the windows until it finds the single open one, becomes the vehicle of a new metaphor: Wilbur realizes that his daughter, in her writing, is more like that wild and desperate creature than like a mercantile sailing-crew, and suc cess in her writing means a fortunate and graceful escape.
Wilbur then wishes his daughter what he wished her earlier—"a safe pas-sage"—but, this time, as the stakes are higher, he wishes "harder. University of Alabama Press, The Poems of Richard Wilbur.
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This book will provide insight to focus.Acclaimed US poet Richard Wilbur () published many books and was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He was less well known for creating a musical version of Voltaire's “Candide” with Bernstein and Hellman which is still produced throughout the world today.
Richard Wilbur’s pensive speaker considers his daughter who is writing in her room. But when he first wishes her “a lucky passage,” and thinks of . One of the most praised poems in Richard Wilbur's collection The Mind-Reader, "The Writer" is both typical of Wilbur's scrupulous metaphors and unusual in its relaxed form.
Richard Wilbur - Poet - The author of numerous books of poetry, Richard Wilbur was a recipient of the Wallace Stevens Award and served as a Chancellor of the Academy of . Richard Wilbur: Biography and General Commentary Richard Wilbur was born in New York City on March 1, He graduated with a B.A.
from Amherst, where he was editor of the college newspaper, in Jun 27, · McGee of and plombier-nemours.com lectures on Richard Wilbur’s The Writer, A.