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Biography of Donald Hall

Donald Hall

Donald Hall (1928 - Present)

Donald Hall (born 1928) is an American poet.

He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, an only child. He pursued secondary school at Philips Exeter Academy, then earned a B.A. from Harvard University in 1951 and a B. Litt. from Oxford University in 1953.

While teaching at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan he met poet Jane Kenyon, whom he married in 1972. Three years after they were wed, they moved to Eagle Pond Farm, his grandparents' former home in rural New Hampshire.

To date, he has published fifteen books of poetry, most recently The Painted Bed (2002) and Without: Poems (1998), which was published on the third anniversary of Jane Kenyon's death. Most of the poems in Without deal with Kenyon's illness and death, and many are epistolary poems.

In addition to poetry, he has also written several collections of essays (among them Life Work and String Too Short to be Saved), a children's book (Ox-Cart Man, which won the Caldecott Medal), and a number of plays. His recurring themes include New England rural living, baseball, and how work conveys meaning to ordinary life. He is regarded as a master both of poetic forms and free verse, and a champion of the art of revision, for whom writing is first and foremost a craft, not merely a mode of self-expression.

Hall has won many awards, including two Guggenheim Fellowships and a Robert Frost Medal, and has served as poet laureate of his state. He continues to live and work at Eagle Pond Farm.


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14 Poems written by Donald Hall

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6936 Name of Horses Comments and analysis of Name of Horses by Donald Hall 8 Comments
6510 Affirmation
5085 An old life Comments and analysis of An old life by Donald Hall 1 Comment
4722 The Alligator Bride Comments and analysis of The Alligator Bride by Donald Hall 2 Comments
4635 White Apples Comments and analysis of White Apples by Donald Hall 2 Comments
4241 Distressed Haiku Comments and analysis of Distressed Haiku by Donald Hall 1 Comment
3717 A Poet at Twenty Comments and analysis of A Poet at Twenty by Donald Hall 18 Comments
3383 Sudden Things
2510 Je Suis une table
2407 Christmas party at the South Danbury Church
257 Wolf Knife
256 The Man In The Dead Machine Comments and analysis of The Man In The Dead Machine by Donald Hall 1 Comment
240 Villanelle
209 Mount Kearsarge Shines


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