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Biography of Stanley Kunitz

Stanley Kunitz

Stanley Kunitz (1905 - 2006)

Stanley Jasspon Kunitz was a noted American poet who served two years (1974-1976) as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a precursor to the modern Poet Laureate program), and served another year as United States Poet Laureate in 2000. He is considered by many observers to be the most distinguished and accomplished living poet in the United States.

Kunitz was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. After graduating from Harvard University, he became a published writer in his early twenties. From that point to the present, Kunitz's poetry has won praise from all circles as being profound and well-written--he continued to write and publish work his entire life. Many believe his poetry's symbolism is influenced significantly by the work of Carl Jung. Kunitz has himself been an influence on many 20th century poets, including James Wright.

His book Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected (1995) won the National Book Award. Kunitz has been the recipient of many other honors, including the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, a National Medal of the Arts, Harvard's Centennial Medal, and a term as the state poet of New York State. He founded the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and Poets House in New York City. He also taught for many years in the graduate writing program at Columbia University.

Kunitz was married to the late artist Elise Ascher. He passed away in May of 2006 in his home in Manhattan at the age of 100.


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21 Poems written by Stanley Kunitz

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16554 The Portrait Comments and analysis of The Portrait by Stanley Kunitz 5 Comments
10754 The Layers Comments and analysis of The Layers by Stanley Kunitz 3 Comments
7799 End of Summer Comments and analysis of End of Summer by Stanley Kunitz 2 Comments
7796 Father and Son
6766 The Long Boat Comments and analysis of The Long Boat by Stanley Kunitz 2 Comments
6249 The Testing-Tree
5785 Halley's Comet Comments and analysis of Halley's Comet by Stanley Kunitz 1 Comment
5227 The Snakes of September Comments and analysis of The Snakes of September by Stanley Kunitz 2 Comments
5214 King of the River Comments and analysis of King of the River by Stanley Kunitz 1 Comment
4272 The Quarrel Comments and analysis of The Quarrel by Stanley Kunitz 1 Comment
3935 An Old Cracked Tune Comments and analysis of An Old Cracked Tune by Stanley Kunitz 26 Comments
3522 Hornworm: Autumn Lamentation Comments and analysis of Hornworm: Autumn Lamentation by Stanley Kunitz 1 Comment
3323 The Abduction Comments and analysis of The Abduction by Stanley Kunitz 1 Comment
2991 The Round
2930 Passing Through
2869 Single Vision
2849 After The Last Dynasty
2595 Master And Mistress Comments and analysis of Master And Mistress by Stanley Kunitz 1 Comment
2102 The Dark and the Fair
1059 First Love
266 The Science Of The Night Comments and analysis of The Science Of The Night by Stanley Kunitz 4 Comments


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