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Biography of William Matthews

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William Matthews (1942 - 1997)

William Matthews, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 11, 1942, was educated at Yale University and the University of North Carolina. He was a professor of English and director of the writing program at the City University of New York.

Bill Matthews published his first book of poetry in 1970, Ruining the New Road: Poems. Nine others followed during his lifetime, including A Happy Childhood (1984), Selected Poems and Translations, 196991 (1992), and Time & Money, New Poems, which received the 1996 National Book Critics Circle award for poetry. He won the Modern Poetry Association's 1997 Ruth Lilly Award. He was a former chairman of the literature panel of the National Endowment for the Arts and a former president of the Poetry Society of America. After All was published posthumously.



10 Poems written by William Matthews

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"First, do no harm," the Hippocratic
"Perhaps you'll tire of me," muses Comments and analysis of Misgivings by William Matthews 2 Comments
I like divorce. I love to compose
I read to the entire plebe class,
I was miserable, of course, for I was seventeen
Most of the time he worked, a sort of sleep
So here the great man stood, Comments and analysis of On The Porch At The Frost Place, Franconia, N. H. by William Matthews 2 Comments
The lump of coal my parents teased Comments and analysis of Poem (The lump of coal my parents teased) by William Matthews 1 Comment
Think you, if Laura had been Petrarch's wife
What did I think, a storm clutching a clarinet


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