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.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Stanley Kunitz's poem The Science Of The Night


  1. Peter says:

    The Abduction
    When a Halley’s Comet was Passing Through
    The Layers after the Last Dynasty
    At that End of Summer, Father and Son
    The Dark and the Fair
    Sitting in the Long Boat in the King of the River
    Quarreling over the Science of the Night
    At that night, the Portrait of Hornworm:
    Autumn Lamentation was the Single Vision
    The Round Trip of the Long Boat came to where
    The two Snakes of the September
    Dangling head-down, entwined in a brazen love-knot
    In the Testing-tree
    Believe it or not
    They were the Master and Mistress
    Seeing that, An Old Cracked Tune rose
    Between the Father and Son

  2. Billy Bob says:

    This poem rocks If every poem was like this the world would be awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Go Bears!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Cristina Banuelos says:

    I think this poem is rellay good and that every one should read poetry because it good way of expressing out your feelings.So that is what I technically think. Have a nice day.

  4. Judy Robinson says:

    This is a poem by a man who so deeply loves another that he feels a sense of loss when she slips away from him, into sleep. She enters realms of otherness, other existences, apart from him. He cannot be where she goes when she sleeps, any more than he can go back in time to know her before they came together. He waits for her return, knowing he cannot have her as completely as he wants; it is this separateness that he is aaddressing.

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