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Richard Wilbur

Richard Wilbur is an acclaimed poet, translator, and teacher who served as the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1987-88. He is a former President and Chancellor of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and his honors include the National Book Award, two PEN Translation Prizes, the Bollingen Prize, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and two Pulitzer Prizes for poetry. His books of poetry include Mayflies: New Poems and Translations, and Things of This World. Mr. Wilbur has also published numerous translations of French plays, several books for children, and two collections of prose pieces.

MARS HILL AUDIO Reprint 14

David Lyle Jeffrey, "God's Patient Stet"

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(from First Things, July/August 2011)

Writing in The American Scholar in 1991, critic Bruce Bawer claimed that Richard Wilbur is "the outstanding contemporary instance of the type of poet who writes in strict forms about traditional themes, and whose poems—making, as they do, frequent, appropriate, and instructive use of meter, rhyme, imagery, alliteration, assonance, and even the occasional classical allusion—could serve as models in a textbook of prosody." But the attentive (and therefore delighted) reader will take less note of Wilbur's model practice than of the sense of marveling that saturates his work. As David Lyle Jeffrey observes in his article, "God’s Patient Stet," the sense of consistency one perceives in Wilbur's work "emerges not only from his craftsmanship as a poet but from his constancy as an affectionate observer of creation, both Nature and human nature." Jeffrey's article focuses on the poems in Wilbur's 2010 anthology Anterooms, especially those that are more explicitly Biblical or theological in their allusions. David Lyle Jeffrey is Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities at Baylor University. Read by Ken Myers. 25 minutes.

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Volume 46

Guests on Volume 46: E. Michael Jones, on how horror films combat the assumptions of the Enlightenment; D. G. Hart, on The University Gets Religion: Religious Studies in American Higher Education; Amy & Leon Kass, on training young people to imagine what love looks like; John Leax, on the challenges of wise "caretaking" in a fallen world; Richard Wilbur, on the ways in which words add "articulateness" to experience; Roger Lundin, on Richard Wilbur's commitment to the reality of creation; and Ted Libbey, on the intricate, theologically inspired structure of Bach's B Minor Mass.