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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- St. Roach
- The Conjugation of the Paramecium
- Boy With His Hair Cut Short
- Elegy in Joy
- Reading Time: 1 Minute 26 Seconds
- Seventh Avenue
- Metaphor to Action
- The Book of The Dead
- [Murmurs from the earth of this landA...
- The Disease
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''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).
''Flight is intolerable contradiction.''Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980), U.S. poet. "Theory of Flight," line 8 (1935).
I think there is choice possible at any moment to us, as long as we live. But there is no sacrifice. There is a choice, and the rest falls away. Second choice does not exist. Beware of those who talk ...Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980), U.S. poet. The Life of Poetry, ch. 11 (1949).
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