Donald Hall was born in Hamden, Connecticut, the only child of Donald Andrew Hall, a businessman, and Lucy Wells. He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, then earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1951 and a B.Litt, from Oxford in 1953. Hall received a honorary PhD, Lit. from Bates College in 1991.
Hall began writing even before reaching his teens, beginning with poems and short stories, and then moving on to novels and dramatic verse. Hall continued to write throughout his prep school years at Exeter, and, while still only sixteen years old, attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, where he made his first acquaintance with the poet Robert... more »
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In football they measure forty-yard sprints. Nobody runs forty yards in basketball. Maybe you run the ninety-four feet of the court; then you stop, not on a dime, but on Miss Liberty's torch. In footb...Donald Hall (b. 1928), U.S. poet, essayist. "Basketball: The Purest Sport of Bodies," Fathers Playing Catch with Sons: Essays on Sport, North Point Pr...
''Sweet death, small son, our instrumentDonald Hall (b. 1928), U.S. poet. My Son, My Executioner (l. 5-8). . . Contemporary American Poetry. A. Poulin, Jr., ed. (4th ed., 1985) Houghton ...
Your cries and hungers document
Our bodily decay.''
For a hundred and fifty years, in the pasture of dead horses,Donald Hall (b. 1928), U.S. poet. Names of Horses (l. 25-29). . . Contemporary American Poetry. A. Poulin, Jr., ed. (4th ed., 1985) Houghton Miffl...
roots of pine trees pushed through the pale curves of your ribs,
yellow blossoms flourished above you in autumn, and in wint...
''Generation on generation, your neck rubbed the windowsillDonald Hall (b. 1928), U.S. poet. Names of Horses (l. 15-16). . . Contemporary American Poetry. A. Poulin, Jr., ed. (4th ed., 1985) Houghton Miffl...
of the stall, smoothing the wood as the sea smooths glass.''
''He packs wool sheared in April, honeyDonald Hall (b. 1928), U.S. poet. Ox Cart Man (l. 6-10). . . Contemporary American Poetry. A. Poulin, Jr., ed. (4th ed., 1985) Houghton Mifflin Co...
in combs, linen, leather
tanned from deerhide,
and vinegar in a barrel
hooped by hand at the forge's fire.''
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