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Encyclopedia > Stanley Kunitz
Stanley Jasspon Kunitz
Born July 29, 1905
Worcester, Massachusetts
Died May 14, 2006
Manhattan, New York
Occupation poet
Nationality American Flag of the United States

Stanley Jasspon Kunitz /'kju:nɪts/ (July 29, 1905May 14, 2006) was a noted American poet who served two years (19741976) as the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a precursor to the modern Poet Laureate program), and served another year as United States Poet Laureate in 2000. is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1905 (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Worcester County Settled 1673 Incorporated 1684 Government  - Type Council-manager also known as Plan E  - City Manager Michael V. OBrien  - Mayor Konstantina B. Lukes  - City Council Dennis L. Irish Michael C. Perotto Joseph M. Petty Gary Rosen Kathleen... May 14 is the 134th day of the year (135th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ... This article is about the state. ... This article is about work. ... The poor poet A poet is a person who writes poetry. ... In English usage, nationality is the legal relationship between a person and a country. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 210th day of the year (211th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1905 (disambiguation). ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year (135th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The poor poet A poet is a person who writes poetry. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress is appointed by the United States Librarian of Congress and earns a stipend of $35,000 a year. ... Construction of the Thomas Jefferson Building, from July 8, 1888 to May 15, 1894. ... A Poet Laureate is a poet officially appointed by a government and often expected to compose poems for State occasions and other government events. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...

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Life

Stanley Kunitz was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1905. He was raised by his Lithuanian-Jewish mother, Yetta Helen Jasspon, and stepfather, Mark Dine, who died when Kunitz was 14. His father, Solomon Z. Kunitz, a dressmaker, committed suicide six weeks before Kunitz was born. Nickname: Location in Massachusetts Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Worcester County Settled 1673 Incorporated 1684 Government  - Type Council-manager also known as Plan E  - City Manager Michael V. OBrien  - Mayor Konstantina B. Lukes  - City Council Dennis L. Irish Michael C. Perotto Joseph M. Petty Gary Rosen Kathleen... This article is about the U.S. state. ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ...


Kunitz graduated summa cum laude in 1926 from Harvard College and earned a master's degree in English from Harvard the following year. After Harvard, he worked as a reporter for The Worcester Telegram, and as editor for the H.W. Wilson Company in New York City until he was drafted in 1943. He served in the US Army during World War II. As a conscientious objector, Kunitz served as a noncombatant and was discharged with the rank of staff sergeant. After the war, he began a teaching career at Bennington College, New York State Teachers College in Potsdam, New York, New School for Social Research, University of Washington, Queens College, Vassar, Brandeis, Yale, Rutgers, and a 22-year stint at Columbia University. Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Bennington College is a liberal arts college located in Bennington, Vermont. ... SUNY Potsdams Satterlee Hall The State University of New York at Potsdam, also known as SUNY Potsdam, is a public university located in the Village of Potsdam in St. ... New School University is an institute of higher learning in New York City. ... The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public research university in Seattle, Washington. ... Queens College, Queens College or Queens College is the name of more than one institution, see: Queens College, Cambridge Queens College, Charlotte Queens College, Hong Kong Queens College, London Queens College, New York Queens College, Nassau The Queens College, Oxford Queens College was the... Vassar, Michigan is a place in the State of Michigan in the United States of America. ... Brandeis University is a private university located in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States. ... YALE (Yet Another Learning Environment) is an environment for machine learning experiments and data mining. ... Rutgers University Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is located in New Brunswick, Piscataway, Camden and Newark, New Jersey. ... Alma Mater Columbia University is a private university in the United States and a member of the Ivy League. ...


At Wilson Company, Kunitz served as editor of the Wilson Library Bulletin and as co-editor for Twentieth Century Authors, among other reference works. In 1931, as Dilly Tante, he edited Living Authors, a Book of Biographies. His poems began to appear in Poetry, Commonweal, The New Republic, The Nation, and The Dial. Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Poetry, published in Chicago, Illinois, is one of the leading monthly poetry journals in the English-speaking world. ... Commonweal is a New York based American journal of opinion edited and managed by lay Catholics. ... For other uses, see New Republic. ... The Nation (ISSN 0027-8378) is a weekly [1] U.S. periodical devoted to politics and culture, self-described as the flagship of the left. ... The January 1920 issue of the Dial. ...


Kunitz's poetry has won praise from all circles as being profound and well written. He continued to write and publish as late as 2005, at the age of 100. Many believe his poetry's symbolism is influenced significantly by the work of Carl Jung. Kunitz was an influence on many 20th century poets, including James Wright, Mark Doty, Louise Glück, and Carolyn Kizer. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jung redirects here. ... James Arlington Wright (December 3, 1927 – March 25, 1980), was one of the most beloved American poets of the second half of the 20th century. ... Mark Doty (born 1953 in Maryville, Tennessee) is an American poet. ... Louise Elisabeth Glück (born April 22, 1943) is an American poet. ...


His marriages to poet Helen Pearce and actress Eleanor Evans ended in divorce. His third wife, artist Elise Asher, died in 2004. Kunitz divided his time between New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts for most of his life. He enjoyed gardening and maintained one of the most impressive seaside gardens in Provincetown. He was a founder of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was a mainstay of the literary community, and of Poets House in Manhattan. He died in 2006 at his home in Manhattan. He had previously come close to death, and reflected on the experience in his last book, a collection of essays, The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden. Helen Pearce was the child star of the film When the Whales Came (1989), based on Michael Morpurgos book. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in Barnstable County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Barnstable County Settled 1700 Incorporated 1727 Government  - Type Open town meeting  - Town    Manager Sharon Lynn Area  - Town  17. ... The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, was founded in 1968 by a group of American artists and writers to support promising individuals who were early in their creative careers. ... For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ...


Career

His first collection of poems, Intellectual Things, was published in 1930. His second volume of poems, "Passport to the War," was published fourteen years later when the author was fighting on the European front in World War II. Although it featured some of the author's best-known poems, the book went largely unnoticed and soon fell out of print. Kunitz's confidence was not in the best of shape when, in 1959, he had trouble finding a publisher for his third book, "Selected Poems: 1928-1958." Despite this unflattering experience, the book, eventually published by Little Brown, received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His next volume of poems would not appear until 1971, but Kunitz remained busy through the 1960s editing reference books and translating Russian poets. When twelve years later "The Testing Tree" appeared, Kunitz's style was radically transformed from the highly intellectual and philosophical musings to more deeply personal yet disciplined narratives; moreover, his lines shifted from iambic pentameter to a freer prosody based on instinct and breath--usually resulting in shorter, three-four stressed lines. Throughout the 70s and 80s he became one of the most treasured and distinctive voices in American poetry. His collection Passing Through: The Later Poems won the National Book Award in 1995. Kunitz received many other honors, including a National Medal of Arts, the Bollingen Prize for a lifetime achievement in poetry, the Robert Frost Medal, and Harvard's Centennial Medal. He served two terms as Consultant on Poetry for the Library of Congress (the precursor title to Poet Laureate), one term as Poet Laureate of the United States, and one term as the state poet of New York. He founded the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and Poets House in New York City. He judged for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition. He was considered by many observers to be the most distinguished and accomplished poet in the United States at the time of his death in 2006. Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Pulitzer Prize in Poetry has been presented since 1922 for a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... Insert non-formatted text hereIambic pentameter is a meter in poetry. ... Prosody may mean several things: Prosody consists of distinctive variations of stress, tone, and timing in spoken language. ... The National Book Awards is one of the most preeminent literary prizes in the United States. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... The National Medal of Arts is an award and title bestowed on selected honorees by the National Endowment for the Arts. ... 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. ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... Construction of the Thomas Jefferson Building, from July 8, 1888 to May 15, 1894. ... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki Official languages None Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ... The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, was founded in 1968 by a group of American artists and writers to support promising individuals who were early in their creative careers. ... Nickname: Location in Barnstable County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Barnstable County Settled 1700 Incorporated 1727 Government  - Type Open town meeting  - Town    Manager Sharon Lynn Area  - Town  17. ... Poets House is a New York City literary center and poetry archive. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition is an annual event of Yale University Press aiming to publish the first collection of a promising American poet. ...


Bibliography

  • The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden (2005)
  • The Collected Poems of Stanley Kunitz (2000)
  • Passing Through, The Later Poems, New and Selected (1995)
  • Next-to-Last Things: New Poems and Essays (1985)
  • The Poems of Stanley Kunitz (1928-1978) (1978)
  • The Testing-Tree (1971)
  • Selected Poems, 1928-1958 (1958)
  • Passport to the War (1940)
  • Intellectual Things (1930)

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External links

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Preceded by
Daniel Hoffman
Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress
1974-1976
Succeeded by
Robert Hayden
Preceded by
Special
Bicentennial Consultants

Rita Dove
Louise Glück
W.S. Merwin
11th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress
2000-2001
Succeeded by
Billy Collins

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Stanley Jasspon Kunitz (July 29, 1905 â€" May 14, 2006) was a noted American poet of Lithuanian descent who served two years (1974–1976) as the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a precursor to the modern Poet Laureate program), and served another year as United States Poet Laureate in 2000.
Stanley Kunitz was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1905.
Kunitz's confidence was not in the best of shape when, in 1959, he had trouble finding a publisher for his third book, "Selected Poems: 1928-1958." Despite this unflattering experience, however, the book, eventually published by Little Brown, received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
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