Lecture given at University of Copenhagen, September 1997
One of the most acclaimed poetry books of 1956 was Richard Wilbur’s The Things of This World, published by Harcourt, Brace. Here is the title poem:
The eyes open to a cry of pulleys,
And spirited from sleep, the astounded soul
Hangs for a moment bodiless and simple.
As false dawn.
Outside the open window
The morning […]