Fry, Paul H. “The Lamplit Answer? Gjertrud Schnackenberg’s Antiekphrases.” In In the Frame: Women’s Ekphrastic Poetry from Marianne Moore to Susan Wheeler, edited by Jane Hedley, Nick Halpern, and Willard Spiegelman. Cranbury, N.J.: Associated University Presses, 2009. Discusses Schnackenberg’s poetry, in particular The Lamplit Answer.
Gregerson, Linda. “Eight Women Poets (Sharon Olds, Mary Oliver, Celia Gilbert, Gjertrud Schnackenberg, Susan Ticky, Erica Funkhouser, Mekeel McBride, Rita Dove).” In Negative Capability: Contemporary American Poetry. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001. Discusses Schnackenberg along with seven other women poets, comparing and contrasting them.
Kelly, David, ed. Poetry for Students. Vol. 25. Detroit: Thomson/Gale, 2007. Analyzes Schnackenberg’s “Supernatural Love.” Contains the poem, summary, themes, style, historical context, critical overview, and criticism. Includes bibliography and index. Volume 13 of this series, edited by Elizabeth Thomason and published in 2001, contained an analysis of “Darwin in 1881.”
Logan, William. “The Habits of Their Habitats (Amy Clampitt and Gjertrud Schnackenberg).” In Reputations of the Tongue: On Poets and Poetry. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1999. Logan includes this chapter on Clampitt and Schnackenberg in his chronological progression through poetry in much of the twentieth century.
Mendelsohn, Daniel. “Breaking Out.” The New York Review of Books 48, no. 5 (March 29, 2001): 38-40. A perceptive overview of Schnackenberg’s work and accomplishments. Mendelsohn places Schnackenberg’s poetry within the context of classical literature, as her frequent use of Greek and Roman allusions and references requires. He presents a convincing argument that Schnackenberg uses classical literature to present “the immanence of the divine in human history, the meaning of moral responsibility, the nature and limits of art itself.”
Parini, Jay, ed. American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies—Supplement XV, Woody Allen to C. D. Wright. New York: Scribner’s, 2006. Contains a short biography of Schnackenberg that examines her poetry.
Warren, Rosanne. “Visitations.” The New Republic 209 (September 13, 1996): 37-41. Warren examines the intricacies and interwoven themes of Schnackenberg’s poetry and concludes that the complexity of form echoes the multiplicity of meaning and feeling. “In the magnitude and the intricacy of its design, A Gilded Lapse of Time may be compared to the art of the tapestry.” Warren applauds Schnackenberg for taking the lyric of personal anecdote and setting in the light of more general life and history.