Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Poetic Obituaries: [Reed] Whittemore's poetic style bespoke

an artisanal attention to craftsmanship. Often described as spare and elegant, it combined the natural cadences of speech with precise metrical control, keen wit and the judicious use of both end-rhyme and internal rhyme.

But beneath this composed surface his verse sounded notes that ranged from mordant to melancholy. In "Commencement," which appeared in The New Yorker in 1953 and is printed here in its entirety, he wrote:

from The New York Times: Reed Whittemore, Former Poet Laureate, Dies at 92
then Fergus Falls Journal: Reed Whittemore, 92


No comments :