Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

More than most poets, William Stafford saw himself in relation to his readers. How would you characterize this relationship?

Are there any circumstances in which Stafford’s receptiveness weakens his poetry?

How does Stafford complicate the dilemma of “Traveling Through the Dark”?

What convictions underlie Stafford’s rejection of art “growing from other art”?

Does destruction of the wilderness, in Stafford’s view, do more harm to the wilderness or to the destroyer?