Richard Wilbur | Critical Essay by Richard Wilbur

This literature criticism consists of approximately 10 pages of analysis & critique of Richard Wilbur.
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Critical Essay by Richard Wilbur

SOURCE: Wilbur, Richard. “The Genie in the Bottle.” In Mid-Century American Poets, John Ciardi, pp. 1-7. New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1950.

In the following essay, Richard Wilbur, at the time a young poet, discusses his “working principles” in writing and understanding poetry.

Before answering the present questionnaire, I should like to say that I have certain reservations about it. For one thing, I think artists do well not to talk too much about art, their natural language being that of their media, and not that of abstract analysis. A writer who talks too much about writing runs the risk of becoming a Literary Figure. For another thing, I mistrust most “statements of principles” by artists, since they are necessarily in the nature of apologia. Works of art can...

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