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(Poets and Poetry in America)

J. V. Cunningham wrote scholarly and critical essays on Statius, Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, and Wallace Stevens, as well as on a number of other poets and aspects of poetry. He edited a literary anthology, The Renaissance in England (1966), and wrote commentaries on his own poetry under the titles The Quest of the Opal: A Commentary on “The Helmsman” (1950) and The Journal of John Cardan: Together with “The Quest of the Opal” and “The Problem of Form” (1964). The volume into which his prose was collected is extremely valuable in the study of his poetry, not only for his penetrating essays on style and form but also for his scholarly discussions of literary modes and periods, which cast light on his own poetic practice.