Archie Randolph Ammons

(18 February 1926 – 25 February 2001 / Whiteville, North Carolina)

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Archie Randolph Ammons was an American poet. He wrote about humanity's relationship to nature in alternately comic and solemn tones.

Life

Ammons grew up on a tobacco farm near Whiteville, North Carolina, in the southeastern part of the state. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, stationed on board the U.S.S. Gunason, a battleship escort. After the war, Ammons attended Wake Forest University, majoring in biology.Graduating in 1949, he served as a principal and teacher at Hattaras Elementary School later that year and also married Phyllis Plumbo. He received an M.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • no arranged terror: no forcing of image, plan,
    or thought:
    no propaganda, no humbling of reality to precept:
    terror pervades but is not arranged, all possibilities
    of escap...
    Archie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Corsons Inlet (l. 114-118). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'...
  • risk is full: every living thing in
    siege: the demand is life, to keep life: the small
    white blacklegged egret, how beautiful, quietly stalks and spears
    the shallows, darts to sho...
    Archie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Corsons Inlet (l. 70-74). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Cl...
  • ''I have reached no conclusions, have erected no boundaries,
    shutting out and shutting in, separating inside
    from outside: I have
    drawn no lines:''
    Archie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Corsons Inlet (l. 41-44). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Cl...
  • ''the possibility of rule as the sum of rulelessness:''
    Archie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Corsons Inlet (l. 92). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Clair...
  • ''but Overall is beyond me: is the sum of these events
    I cannot draw, the ledger I cannot keep, the accounting
    beyond the account:''
    Archie Randolph Ammons (b. 1926), U.S. poet. Corsons Inlet (l. 30-32). . . Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry, The. Richard Ellmann and Robert O'Cl...
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