Other literary forms
Although W. D. Snodgrass is known primarily as a poet, he also published criticism and translations. In Radical Pursuit: Critical Essays and Lectures (1975) offers original perspectives on the works of Homer, Dante, William Shakespeare, Fyodor Dostoevski, and others, but its greatest interest lies in several essays in which Snodgrass follows Edgar Allan Poe in giving his own “philosophy of composition.” His translations are diverse and interesting. Gallows Songs (1967) and the translations included in After Experience, Miorita (1975), and Six Troubadour Songs (1977), offer a diverse selection of poetry that includes the Romanian folk poem “Miorita” and works by Christian Morgenstern, Gérard de Nerval,Arthur Rimbaud,Rainer Maria Rilke, and Victor Hugo. They are effective English poems that remain faithful to the originals. Snodgrass also became interested in autobiographical sketches, a number of which appeared in magazines.