Yvor Winters was born in Chicago in 1900 and died Palo Alto, California in 1968. He was studying at the University of Chicago when he was diagnosed as tubercular and had to relocate to Santa Fe, New Mexico, for his health. His early experimental poems, the striking one-line works in the imagist mode as well as the formalist works of his first two books, published in 1921 and 1922, were all written at a tuberculosis sanitarium. In 1923-24 he taught in the grade school and high school in the coal-mining camp towns of Madrid, and Cerillo, New Mexico. About that experience he remarked, in an introduction to his early poems, in 1966: "Accidents, many fatal, were common in the mines, from which ... more »
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- At the San Francisco Airport
- A Song in Passing
- The Empty Hills
- An October Nocturne
- By the Road to the Air Base
- Dark spring
- Sonnet to the Moon
- The Precision
- One Ran Before
- To the Holy Spirit
- The Slow Pacific Swell
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''And you are here beside me, small,Yvor Winters (1900-1968), U.S. poet. At the San Francisco Airport (l. 6-8). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976...
Contained and fragile, and intent
On things that I but half recall''
''The rain of matter upon senseYvor Winters (1900-1968), U.S. poet. At the San Francisco Airport (l. 16-18). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (19...
Destroys me momently. The score:
There comes what will come.''
Professors of literature, who for the most part are genteel but mediocre men, can make but a poor defense of their profession, and the professors of science, who are frequently men of great intelligen...Yvor Winters (1900-1968), U.S. literary critic. In Defense of Reason, foreword (1960).
''Metal, intrinsic value, deep and dense,Yvor Winters (1900-1968), U.S. poet. John Sutter (l. 17-20). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford Univer...
Preanimate, inimitable, still,
Real, but an evil with no human sense,
Dispersed the mind to concentrate the will.''
''What calm catastrophe will yet assuageYvor Winters (1900-1968), U.S. poet. John Sutter (l. 35-36). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford Univer...
This final drouth of penitential tears?''
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