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On Poetry and Craft
Theodore Roethke
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On Poetry and Craft
Selected Prose of Theodore Roethke
Theodore Roethke

Theodore Roethke was one of the most famous and outspoken poets and poetry teachers this country has ever known. In this volume of selected prose, Roethke articulates his commitments to imaginative possibilities, offers tender advice to young writers, and zings darts at stuffed shirts, lightweights and fools. Culled from volumes long out of print, On Poetry and Craft will be prized in the classroom—and outrageous Roethke quotes will once again pepper our conversations. Introduction by Carolyn Kizer.

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"Superb. Thank you so much for reprinting."—Tracy Sitterley, from a "Reader Comment" card

"This volume focuses on Roethke as a demanding yet introspective teacher who struggled with his personal life and taught his students the value of verbs and cadence. In his notebooks, Roethke dissected his own pieces and the works of other writers he valued, such as W.B. Yeats, Stanley Kunitz, Dylan Thomas, and James Joyce. A perfect work for students and aspiring writers; recommended for literature and creative writing collections."—Library Journal

"American poetry could not have evolved as it did without Theodore Roethke... Essays such as 'The Teaching Poet' and 'The Cat in the Classroom' capture his wisdom and sheer love of writing. In the midst of dozens of books on the craft of poetry, this selection of an important poet's rare prose is a gem."—The Bloomsbury Review

"These essays have a good deal to teach a teacher, from matters of technique to creed. They also offer hope to a student that the unfashionable zealotry of learning can not only justify itself but may even lead further. Perhaps because the essays don't forcibly blend Roethke's ethereal enthusiasm with his spitting rancor, but instead give each temperamental lobe the right to be, the book seems unusually and immoderately realistic in depth and span."—Ruminator Review

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