F. T. Prince Analysis

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(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

F. T. Prince wrote widely in addition to his poetry. Among his more important publications are The Italian Element in Milton’s Verse (1954), William Shakespeare: The Poems (1963), and The Study of Form and the Renewal of Poetry (1964).


(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

Equally distinguished as poet and scholar, F. T. Prince brought to all his work a formidable and wide-ranging intellect, an informed compassion, and a remarkable eloquence. In addition, his poetry demonstrates that he had a perfect ear. Never involved in “movements” in the politics of literature, he sometimes seemed a lonely figure, yet other poets were always aware of his quality and importance, and his dedication to his craft was a signal influence on younger writers at times when contemporary work seemed to have lost its way. A consummate craftsperson, at home in free or fixed forms, he was almost unique in being able to place all his learning at the service of his poetry.

His work has been recognized by the award of honorary doctorates in literature from both the University of Southampton and New York University. In 1982, he won the E. M. Forster award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.


(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

Davie, Donald. “Beyond the Here and Now.” Review of Collected Poems. The New York Times Book Review, April 8, 1979, 13. In reviewing Collected Poems, Davie notes that Prince has done nothing as fine as “Soldiers Bathing,” considered one of the best poems to come out of World War II. He criticizes Prince for not “giving us what we ask for,” although he concedes that Collected Poems will be well liked.

Howell, Anthony. “Obituary: F. T. Prince—Poet Famed for Lyrical Images of ’Soldiers Bathing.’” The Guardian, August 8, 2003, p. 27. Describes the poet’s relationship with fame, calls him one of the twentieth century’s outstanding poets, and discusses his most famous poem.

Levi, Peter. “F. T. Prince.” Agenda 15 (Summer/Autumn, 1977): 147-149. An appreciative review of Prince, commending him for his craftsmanship. Levi calls him a distinguished poet and scholar, one who is both intelligent and curious. Reviews Drypoints of the Hasidim and discusses the iambic pentameter verse and the allusive stories that form a complete sequence of the history of Hasidism.

Nigam, Alka. F. T. Prince: A Study of His Poetry. Salzburg: Institute for English and American Studies, 1983. In the foreword, Prince himself praises Nigam for her “careful and sensitive” study of his poetry. In this full-length study, Nigam analyzes Prince’s art and vision, including a historical background of his poetry and its place in twentieth century verse. Contains solid literary criticism. A must for Prince scholars.

Poburko, Nicholas. “Poetry Past and Present: F. T. Prince’s Walks in Rome.” Renascence 51, no. 2 (Winter, 1999): 144-165. An extended analysis of Prince’s Walks in Rome that favorably compares Prince with other modern poets, gives a brief biography, and notes how Prince is revealed in the poem.