II. Poets

Biographical Approach to Poetry:

This page contains information to help you explore the lives of American poets studied in this course.

Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)

A brief biography of Robinson (Academy of American Poets)

His life and comments on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

About Robinson and his home in Gardiner, Maine

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

A brief biography of Dunbar (Academy of American Poets)

His life and comments on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

Photo Gallery of Dunbar (Paul Laurence Dunbar Digital Collection)

Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

His life with commentary on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

Petals on a Wet Black Bough: American Modernist Writers and the Orient (Yale Univ.)

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Biography of Eliot and his Nobel Prize for Literature 1948

Biography and Additional Poems from Poets.org

His life with commentary on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

The Waste Land T.S. Eliot App on the Apple App Store HP

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

His life with commentary on his poems (Modern Ameircan Poetry HP)

Sound recordings of Williams readings his poems, recorded 1942-1962

H.D. [Hilda Doolittle] (1886-1961)

Her life along with commentary on her poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

Amy Lowell (1874-1925)

Her life along with commentary on her poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

A web-site devoted to exploring influences on Amy Lowell’s imagist poetry

Claude McKay (1889-1948)

His life with commentary on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

His life with commentary on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

About Hughes and music (Poetry Foundation.org)

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)

His life with commentary on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

More on Sandburg’s life and career

Randall Jarrell (1914-1965)

His life with commentary on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1882-1950)

Her life with commentary on her poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980)

Biography from the Academy of American Poets

Her life with commentary on her poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)

His life with commentary on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

Hart Crane (1899-1932)

His life with commentary on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

Discussion of his poem The Bridge (1930)

More on his life and work (Poetry Foundation. org)

Robert Lowell (1917-1977)

His life with commentary on his poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

Hear Lowell read his poem “My Old Flame

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)

Commentary on her life and poems (Modern American Poetry HP)

Hear Plath read “The Applicant

Anne Sexton (1928-1974)

Biography from the Academy of American Poets

Commentary on her life and poems (Modern American Poetry HP)