William Stafford Poetry: American Poets Analysis - Essay

William Stafford Poetry: American Poets Analysis

(Poets and Poetry in America)

William Stafford was a poet of the personal and the particular. With an optimistic outlook, he wrote personally but not confessionally, and his particulars are sometimes regional but not provincial. Stafford wrote most often in the first person, both singular and plural, and his poems are characteristically quite short. They investigate the processes of everyday life, looking through specific situations and happenings to uncover universal connections between humans and nature. Although Stafford celebrates nature in his work, this is not an end in itself; rather, it is a means to transcend surface manifestation and uncover the underlying unboundedness of life. In this sense, Stafford has been called a wisdom poet, one who uses...

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