Stanley Kunitz Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

To what extent does Stanley Kunitz use sensory detail in the poems that you have read? Does he involve all the senses?

The best poets use specific events in their poems to suggest larger, more universal truths. Do you find much in Kunitz’s poems that suggest universal truths?

What uses does Kunitz make of nature in his poetry? Cite specific examples.

Do you find references to people and characterization in Kunitz’s poetry?

What is Kunitz’s attitude toward death? Defend your answer by drawing specific examples from some of the poems that you have read.