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(Poets and Poetry in America)

A distinguished translator, John Frederick Nims (nihmz) was acclaimed for The Poems of St. John of the Cross (1959, 1968, 1979). He translated Euripides’ Andromache for a volume in The Complete Greek Tragedies (1959) published by the University of Chicago Press and published a book of his translations from various languages, Sappho to Valéry: Poems in Translation (1971, 1980, 1990). His translations of The Complete Poems of Michelangelo appeared in 1998. Nims also edited a number of books, including The Poem Itself (with Stanley Burnshaw and others, 1960), Ovid’s Metamorphoses: The Arthur Golding Translation, 1567 (1965), and James Shirley’s “A Love’s Cruelty” (1980). He put his experience as poet, translator, and teacher to work in Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry (1974, 1983, 1999). Many of Nims’s essays on poetry and translation have been collected in A Local Habitation: Essays on Poetry (1985).