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Purpose: To write an overview of an American poet int he vein of the introductions we find in Six American Poets

You should include:

  • Pertinent and interesting biographical information
  • Pertinent and interesting publication information
  • Autobiographical influences on their poetry
  • Stylistic and thematic characteristics
  • Critical analysis of one or two poems
  • Discussion of the defining element of their poetry with reference to at least three poems
  • Your own original poem that mimics the poet, and a discussion of how you have imitated him/her
  • Conclusion: something that clinches your understanding and appreciation of the poet under examination
  • Properly formatted in-text citations and a properly formatted works cited page


Terrence Haynes

Billy Collins

Elizabeth Bishop

Nikki Giovanni

John Berryman

James Dickey

Sylvia Plath

e. e. Cummings

T. S. Eliot

Claude McKay

Langston Hughes

Robert Lowell

Natasha Trethaway

Robert Frost

Robert Lowell

Anne Sexton

Sylvia Plath

Gary Snyder                                                                                                                   

Richard Wilbur

Theodore Roethke

Gwendolyn Brooks

Ezra Pound

Allen Ginsberg

John Crowe Ransom

William Stafford

Charles Bukowski

Edgar Allan Poe

Wallace Stevens

William Carlos Williams

Walt Whitman

Emily Dickinson

James Seay

Patrick Phillips

Marianne Moore

Hart Crane

John Crowe Ransom

Galway Kinnell

W. S. Merwin

Adrienne Rich

Mark Strand

Louise Gluck

Marvin Bell

Dylan Thomas

Rita Dove