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3,678 words, approx. 13 pages
In the following essay, Parini offers a positive assessment of An Explanation of America, praising his unique and original verse. Robert Pinsky's book-length poem An Explanation of America fall... Read more
4,714 words, approx. 16 pages
In the following essay, originally delivered as a lecture at the Napa Poetry Conference in August, 1984, Pinsky outlines the social responsibilities of poets. Certain general ideas come up repeatedly,... Read more
2,615 words, approx. 9 pages
In the following excerpt, Corn deems Pinsky's poetry "accurate, truthful, conscientious" and compares his work to that of Walt Whitman. We can doubt that the book [An Explanation ... Read more
3,195 words, approx. 11 pages
In the following review, Sacks lauds the "openness" of Pinsky's poetry. With his two most recent collections of prose and poetry, Robert Pinsky enlarges his role as one of contemp... Read more
6,042 words, approx. 21 pages
In the following essay, Longenbach traces the development of Pinsky's unique poetic vision. Robert Pinsky has always stood apart from the various schisms used to map the world of American poetr... Read more
7,180 words, approx. 24 pages
In the following interview conducted by several people, Pinsky discusses the problems of translating poetry, the influence of Judaism and Eastern philosophy on his writing, and his poetic philosophy. ... Read more
1,907 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following favorable review of The Figured Wheel, Longenbach deems the collection "the most scrupulously intelligent body of work produced by an American poet in the past twenty-five year... Read more
1,313 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following review, Pollitt provides a laudatory review of Pinsky's collected poems, The Figured Wheel. Robert Pinsky's extraordinarily accomplished and beautiful volume of collecte... Read more
1,133 words, approx. 4 pages
Critical Essay by Charles Molesworth Robert Pinsky is a balanced critic, and furthermore he knows that merely avoiding the dangers of partisanship or scrupulosity can produce a limply, or even glibly,... Read more
334 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Denis Donoghue The mind at work in "The Situation of Poetry" is lively, fresh and critical without being obsessed by the rigor of criticism…. Immensely well-read... Read more
218 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Blake Morrison [An Explanation of America] is not quite so presumptuous as it sounds. If an explanation of America is to be had from it at all, it's not one that can be quickl... Read more
163 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by John Fuller [Robert Pinsky's] An Explanation of America is perhaps rather less interesting than his earlier work: the air of infinitely calm and insidious rumination riding up... Read more
726 words, approx. 3 pages
Critical Essay by Michael Hamburger Not the least remarkable thing about Robert Pinsky's remarkable [An Explanation of America] is that it seems to defy not only all the dominant trends in cont... Read more
346 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by James Finn Cotter In its philosophical approach, classical learning, and orderly structure, [An Explanation of America] resembles the work of William Cullen Bryant more than that of ... Read more
339 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by David Kalstone It may be, as William Carlos Williams observed, that "the pure products of America go crazy." But Robert Pinsky in his ambitious and immensely likable lo... Read more
1,068 words, approx. 4 pages
Critical Essay by Stephen Yenser [In An Explanation of America Pinsky] organizes rigorously: a brief prefatory lyric and a concluding dedicatory elegy frame the title poem, fifty-five pages long, whic... Read more
761 words, approx. 3 pages
Corey is an American poet, critic, and educator. In the following review, a portion of which appeared in CLC-38, he praises Pinsky for the depth of his insights and for not succumbing to sentimentalit... Read more
1,862 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following essay, Pinsky discusses the theme of horror in Canto XXV of The Inferno. Pinsky also presents his translation of the Canto, demonstrating how he handles Dante's terza rima rhym... Read more
1,200 words, approx. 5 pages
Ahern is an American educator and noted Dante scholar. In the following favorable review of The Inferno of Dante, he discusses the difficulties of rendering into English Dante's "vulgar ... Read more
3,604 words, approx. 13 pages
Hirsch is an American poet, critic, and educator. In the following review, he favorably assesses The Inferno of Dante, contending that Pinsky's translation is "fast-paced, idiomatic, and... Read more
1,533 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following essay, Schemo discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Pinsky's translation. She also reports on Pinsky's reaction to the attention The Inferno of Dante has received. I... Read more
1,027 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review of The Inferno of Dante, Kart compares Pinsky's translation with that of C. H. Sisson, finding Pinsky's inferior. Robert Pinsky (The Want Bone, History of My Hear... Read more
777 words, approx. 3 pages
Mitchell is an American poet, critic, and educator. In the following review, he praises Pinsky's poetic ambitions and the combination of "boldness" and "restraint" i... Read more
1,546 words, approx. 6 pages
Libby is an American educator and critic. In the following excerpt from a review in which he examines Pinsky's Poetry and the World and Terrence Des Pres's Praises and Dispraises, Politi... Read more
575 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following favorable review of Poetry and the World, Brown summarizes Pinsky's main critical points and contends that the book's most interesting pieces are the ones which relate m... Read more
2,760 words, approx. 10 pages
Breslin is an American poet, critic, and educator. In the following excerpt from a review of Pinsky's Poetry and the World and J. D. McClatchy's White Paper: On Contemporary American Poe... Read more
2,678 words, approx. 9 pages
McClatchy is an American poet, critic, and educator whose books of poetry include The Rest of the Way (1990). In the following review of The Want Bone, he concludes that Pinsky writes "poems as... Read more
969 words, approx. 4 pages
Corn is an American poet, critic, translator, and educator. In the following highly positive review of The Want Bone, he lauds Pinsky for his "wonderful ear for poetic line" and the ways... Read more
1,724 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following positive review of The Want Bone, Bogen hails Pinsky's ability to incorporate a multitude of images, motifs, and styles into his poetry without dissipating his main thematic co... Read more
2,632 words, approx. 9 pages
In the following excerpt from a review in which he examines Pinsky's The Want Bone, Irena Klepfisz's A Few Words in the Mother Tongue (1990), and Jerome Rothenberg's Khurbn, and O... Read more
7,233 words, approx. 25 pages
In the following interview, which was conducted originally on February 2, 1993 in Thomas's classroom at Davidson College, Pinsky discusses the art of translation, the cultural ways Judaism affe... Read more
6,121 words, approx. 21 pages
In the essay below, Longenbach traces Pinsky's artistic development in terms of the poet's "deep awareness—sometimes wariness, sometimes worship"—of historica... Read more
5,681 words, approx. 19 pages
In the essay below, Pinsky contemplates the social contexts of American poetry in contemporary America, tracing the development of its various manifestations and emphasizing the individual scale of it... Read more
1,307 words, approx. 5 pages
Below, Pollitt admires the freshness of Pinsky's verse in The Figured Wheel. Robert Pinsky's extraordinarily accomplished and beautiful volume of collected poems, The Figured Wheel, will... Read more
1,008 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following essay, Blumenthal provides an overview of Pinsky's life and career, reporting his response to being named poet laureate of the United States. Robert Pinsky, a prize-winning poe... Read more
1,633 words, approx. 6 pages
In the essay below, Mehren summarizes the achievements of Pinsky's life and career, focusing on his passion for making poetry accessible to the masses. A small smile brightened Robert Pinsky&#x... Read more
3,992 words, approx. 14 pages
Below, Glück explains the ways a narrative impulse informs Pinsky's poetics, comparing his poetry with that of Stephen Dobyns. The poet Stephen Dobyns, who is also the novelist Stephen D... Read more