Muriel Rukeyser (December 15, 1913 – February 12, 1980 / New York City)
an American poet and political activist, best known for her poems about equality, feminism, social justice, and Judaism. Kenneth Rexroth said that she was the greatest poet of her "exact generation".
While her earlier work shows the influence of W.H. Auden in its intricate rhyming and regular meter, she later wrote more freely, famously declaring in a 1968 poetic manifesto “No more masks! No more mythologies!” Apart from her advocacy for the disadvantaged, she reflected a great range of interests, including science, in her writing, and in the 1960s and 70s became a favorite of the anti-war movement and of feminists.
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- [Murmurs from the earth of this landA...
- Boy With His Hair Cut Short
- Drunken Girl
- Elegy in Joy
- From A Play: Publisher's Song
- Gauley Bridge
- George Robinson: Blues
- Haying Before Storm
- Metaphor to Action
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To be against war is not enough, it is hardly a beginning. And all things strive; we who try to speak know the ideas trying to be more human, we know things near their birth that try to become real. T...Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980), U.S. poet. The Life of Poetry, ch. 13 (1949).
''Our poems will have failed if our readers are not brought by them beyond the poems.''Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980), U.S. poet. The Life of Poetry, ch. 5 (1949).
''If there were no poetry on any day in the world, poetry would be invented that day. For there would be an intolerable hunger.''Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980), U.S. poet. The Life of Poetry, ch. 10 (1949).
''Exchange is creation.''Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980), U.S. poet. The Life of Poetry, ch. 11 (1949).