Yvor Winters

(1900 - 1968 / United States)

Yvor Winters
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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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  • ''And you are here beside me, small,
    Contained and fragile, and intent
    On things that I but half recall—''
    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...
  • ''The rain of matter upon sense
    Destroys me momently. The score:
    There comes what will come.''
    Yvor 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...
  • 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,
    Preanimate, inimitable, still,
    Real, but an evil with no human sense,
    Dispersed the mind to concentrate the will.''
    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...
  • ''What calm catastrophe will yet assuage
    This final drouth of penitential tears?''
    Yvor Winters (1900-1968), U.S. poet. John Sutter (l. 35-36). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford Univer...
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