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Howard Nemerov (February 29, 1920July 5, 1991) was United States Poet Laureate on two separate occasions: from 1963 to 1964, and from 1988 to 1990. The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. He was brother to photographer Diane Nemerov Arbus. February 29 is the 60th day of a leap year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 306 days remaining. ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January January 7 - Forces of Russian White admiral Kolchak surrender in Krasnoyarsk. ... July 5 is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 179 days remaining. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Poet Laureate is a poet officially appointed by a government and often expected to compose poems for state occasions and other government events. ... Template:C20YearInnTopic 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... The National Book Award is one of the most important literary prizes in the United States, presented annually for the best books by living U.S. citizens published in the U.S. The awards have been presented since 1950 in at least one category, and are presently awarded in each... The gold medal awarded for Public Service in Journalism The Pulitzer Prize is an American award regarded as the highest honor in print journalism, literary achievements, and musical compositions. ... This is a list of notable photographers in the art, documentary and fashion traditions. ... Diane Arbus (b. ...

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Life and career

Born in New York City, his parents were David and Gertrude (Russek) Nemerov. The elder Nemerov's talents and interests extended to art connoisseurship, painting, and philanthropy — talents and interests undoubtedly influential upon his son. Young Howard was raised in a sophisticated New York City environment where he attended the Society for Ethical Culture's Fieldston School. Graduated in 1937 as an outstanding student and second string team football fullback, he commenced studies at Harvard University where, in 1940, he was Bowdoin Essayist and he received bachelor's degree at this university. Throughout World War II, he served as a pilot in the Royal Canadian unit of the U. S. Army Air Force. He married in 1944, and after the war, having earned the rank of first lieutenant, returned to New York with his wife to complete his first book. Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... The Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a private school in New York City. ...


Nemerov then began teaching, first at Hamilton College and later at Bennington College, Brandeis University, and finally Washington University in St. Louis, where he was Edward Mallinckrodt Distringuished University Professor of English and Distinguished Poet in Residence from 1969 until his death in 1991. Nemerov's numerous collections of poetry include Trying Conclusions: New and Selected Poems, 1961-1991 (University of Chicago Press, 1991); The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov (1977), which won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Bollingen Prize; The Winter Lightning: Selected Poems (1968); Mirrors and Windows (1958); The Salt Garden (1955); and The Image of the Law (1947). His novels have also been commended; they include The Homecoming Game (1957), Federigo: Or the Power of Love (1954), and The Melodramatists (1949). Hamilton College is a private, independent and highly-selective liberal arts college located in Clinton, New York. ... Bennington College is a liberal arts college located in Bennington, Vermont. ... It has been suggested that VoiceMale be merged into this article or section. ... Washington University in St. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Nemerov received many awards and honors, among them fellowships from The Academy of American Poets and The Guggenheim Foundation, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the National Medal of the Arts, the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, and the first Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry. He served as poetry consultant to the Library of Congress in 1963 and 1964, as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets beginning in 1976, and as poet laureate of the United States from 1988 to 1990. In 1990 he was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Nemerov died of cancer in 1991 in University City, Missouri. The Academy of American Poets is the largest organization in the United States dedicated to the art of poetry. ... The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation funds the Guggenheim Museums. ... The National Endowment for the Arts is a United States federally funded program that offers support and funding for projects that exhibit artistic excellence. ... The Bollingen Prize, awarded every two years by the Bollingen Foundation, is a prestigious literary honor bestowed on a poet in recognition of the best book of new verse within the last two years, or for lifetime achievement. ... This article is about the year. ... The St. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... University City is a city located in St. ...


Poetry

Nemerov's work is formalist. He has written almost exclusively in fixed forms and meter. He is known for his meticulousness and refined technique, his work also has a reputation for being witty and playful. He is compared to John Hollander, Philip Larkin, and Richard Wilbur. The metre, or meter (symbol: m) is the SI base unit of length. ... John Hollander (born October 29, 1929) is an American poet and literary critic. ... Philip Arthur Larkin (August 9, 1922 – December 2, 1985) was an English poet, novelist and jazz critic. ... Richard Purdy Wilbur (born March 1, 1921), is a United States poet. ...


"A Primer for the Daily Round" is his most frequently anthologized poem, and highly representative of Nemerov's poetic style. It is an archetypal Elizabethan sonnet, demonstrative of the prosodic creativity for which Nemerov is famous.

"A Primer for the Daily Round"
A peels an apple, while B kneels to God,
C telephones to D, who has a hand
On E's knee, F coughs, G turns up the sod
For H's grave, I do not understand
But J is bringing one clay pigeon down
While K brings down a nightstick on L's head,
And M takes mustard, N drives into town,
O goes to bed with P, and Q drops dead,
R lies to S, but happens to be heard
By T, who tells U not to fire V
For having to give W the word
That X is now deceiving Y with Z,
Who happens just now to remember A
Peeling an apple somewhere far away.

Bibliography

Poetry

  • The Image of the Law (1947)
  • The Salt Garden (1955)
  • Mirrors and Windows (1958)
  • The Winter Lightning: Selected Poems (1968)
  • The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov (1977)
  • Trying Conclusions: New and Selected Poems, 1961-1991 (1991)

Prose

  • The Melodramatists (1949
  • Federigo: Or the Power of Love (1954)
  • The Homecoming Game (1957)

External links

  • Nemerov Biographical Sketch
  • Poet Laureate Timeline: 1961-1970
  • Criticism of a Nemerov poem
  • St. Louis Walk of Fame

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Howard Nemerov - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (564 words)
Howard Nemerov (February 29, 1920 – July 5, 1991) was United States Poet Laureate on two separate occasions: from 1963 to 1964, and from 1988 to 1990.
Nemerov then began teaching, first at Hamilton College and later at Bennington College, Brandeis University, and finally Washington University in St. Louis, where he was Edward Mallinckrodt Distringuished University Professor of English and Distinguished Poet in Residence from 1969 until his death in 1991.
Nemerov received many awards and honors, among them fellowships from The Academy of American Poets and The Guggenheim Foundation, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the National Medal of the Arts, the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, and the first Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry.
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