Richard Purdy Wilbur is an American poet and literary translator. He was appointed the second Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1987, and twice received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, in 1957 and again in 1989.
Wilbur was born in New York City and grew up in North Caldwell, New Jersey. He graduated from Montclair High School in 1938, having worked on the school newspaper as a student there. He graduated from Amherst College in 1942 and then served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945 during World War II. After the Army and graduate school at Harvard University, Wilbur taught at Wesleyan University ... more »
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''As near and far as grass,Richard Wilbur (b. 1921), U.S. poet. A Baroque Wall-Fountain in the Villa Sciarra (l. 56-60). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Al...
Where eyes become the sunlight, and the hand
Is worthy of water: the dreamt land
Toward which all hungers leap, all pleasures pass.''
''the main jetRichard Wilbur (b. 1921), U.S. poet. A Baroque Wall-Fountain in the Villa Sciarra (l. 31-34). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Al...
Struggling aloft unti it seems at rest
In the act of rising, until
The very wish of water is reversed,''
''A barn shall harbour heaven,Richard Wilbur (b. 1921), U.S. poet. A Christmas Hymn (l. 7-8). . . Oxford Book of Christmas Poems, The. Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart-C...
A stall become a shrine.''
''And every stone shall cry,Richard Wilbur (b. 1921), U.S. poet. A Christmas Hymn (l. 29-32). . . Oxford Book of Christmas Poems, The. Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart...
In praises of the child
By whose descent among us
The worlds are reconciled.''
Ask us, ask us whether with the worldless roseRichard Wilbur (b. 1921), U.S. poet. Advice to a Prophet (l. 33-36). . . Oxford Book of Contemporary Verse, The, 1945-1980. D. J. Enright, comp. (...
Our hearts shall fail us; come demanding
Whether there shall be lofty or long standing
When the bronze annals of the oak-tree close....
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