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Richard Wilbur one of the great American poets of the twentieth century sat in a leather armchair in Straus spewing out such phrases as clots of consonants while sharing his wisdom on poetry and writing He visited Milton on Wednesday November 29th and read some of his many works of poetry in the morning assembly His work over the years has varied from metric and childrens poetry to translations of the French playwright Moliere and other foreign writing His poetry is unabashedly rich in its diction urbane in its metrical sophistication and remarkably light-hearted and playful writes Modern American Poetry His work has been read performed digested and recognized throughout the country culminating in the bestowment of the title of Poet Laureate of the United States Wilbur served as the second Poet Laureate for the year of 1987-1988 the greatest honor our country gives poets Additionally his third volume of poetry Things of This World won the Pulitzer Pri ze in the year 1957 Wilbur is passionate about writing and words The most miserable condition he said is to be inarticulate He was raised in a house where any one of the arts was much appreciated If you tried to play the banjo that was great He began seriously writing poetry in the trenches of World War II Wilbur said Writing poetry was the one way you could practice art in a foxhole You cant set up an easel Many soldiers turned to poetry during the war as a form of therapy The power of poetry Wilbur believes lies in the ability to find the right words to articulate some deep inner emotion A measure of a poems success is its ability to cross the boundaries of personal experience and relate events in the life of one person to others If you do it properly youre finding the exact words for how you feel for what scares you Youre becoming stronger against what scares
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