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This Thesis report covers Richards life literary period and an interpretation of his works Richard Wilbur A Great American Poet Richard Wilbur used rhyme rhythm and vivid description to implant a colorful clear and almost interactive images He is a post-modern writer who had a direct formal and yet light-hearted and playful writing style Richard Wilbur was born in New York New York on March 1 1921 As he grew he attended many colleges and universities the first being Amherst where he graduated with a BA and was the college newspaper editor After leaving Amherst he enlisted in the Army where he was in training to be an Army cryptographer until demoted to a front-line infantry position During his time in the Army Richard saw action in Italy France and Germany he also filled he position of Army cryptographer when the one in his unit was killed University Press of Florida 1996 When demobilized he went back to school in 1947 where he received his MA from Harvard University the same year his first book The Beautiful Changes was published At that time Wilbur became a member of the Harvard Fellows and taught there until he moved to Wellesley in 1954 From Wellesley he then went on to Wesleyan University He was a contributory factor to the founding of the Wesleyan University Press Poetry Series which featured such poets as Robert Bly James Wright Louis Simpson and Barbara Howes After leaving Wesleyan he went to Smith College as a writer-in-residenceUniversity Press of Florida 1996 He stopped teaching and while still writing original pieces Richard Wilbur began translation in 1955 He translated works from poets like Moliere Racine and Leonard Bernstien from French Spanish and Russian into English In order to be called a great American poet one would have to write award winning pieces which Richard Wilbur has done more than once Richards third collection of poems titled Things of This World
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