Richard Wilbur | Critical Essay by A. K. Weatherhead

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of Richard Wilbur.
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Critical Essay by A. K. Weatherhead

SOURCE: Weatherhead, A. K. “Richard Wilbur: The Poetry of Things.” ELH 35, no. 4 (December 1968): 606-17.

In the following essay, the author explores the significance of the material object in Wilbur's poetry and juxtaposes Wilbur's work with poets such as William Carlos Williams and Marianne Moore.

I think it a great vice to convey everything by imagery, particularly if the imagery is not interrelated. There ought to be areas of statement. … The statement should have obliquity, and congruence to the imagery, as Marianne Moore's does—not vitiating the objects, but rather finding in them another and ideal dimension.

—Richard Wilbur: “The Genie in the Bottle.”

The question that has most engaged poetry in this century concerns the image. To what extent, to what end, and with what success may...

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