Modern And Contemporary
American Poetry

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James Wright
(1927-80)
 

The Photo is taken from: English Literature Databanks of English Department, Fu-Jen University

 
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Biography E-texts
Guiding Questions Interpretations
 
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Online Journal
 
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Biography 

The Academy of American Poets presents a brief biography on Wright's life and work

 

The photo credit: 

The Academy of American Poets

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Another site presents a brief biogaraphy
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The photos are taken from James Wright: A Profile, edited by Frank Graziano and Peter Stitt
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To gain the idea of Wright's themes and poems, it is a great help to visit the site of The Heath Anthology of American Literature which provides an introductory guide to get into the world of Wright's poetry.
 
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E-texts
 
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A Note Left in Jimmy Leonard's Shack
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At the Executed Murderer's Grave (for J. L. D.)
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Saint Judas
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As I Step over a Puddle at the End of Winter, I Think of an Ancient Chinese Governor
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Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio
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Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy's Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota
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Fear Is What Quickens Me
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A Blessing
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In Response to a Rumor That the Oldest Wharehouse in Wheeling West Virginia, Has Been Condemned
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In Memory of the Horse David, Who Ate One of My Poems
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To a Blossoming Pear Tree
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May Morning
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The Journey
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Having Lost My Sons, I Confront the Wreckage of the Moon: Christmas, 1960
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Beginning
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A Poem of Towers
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Lightening Bugs Asleep in th Afternoon
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The Jewel
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Bologna: A Poem about Gold@
   
   --This poem is based in part on the painting by 
     Raphael, in Bologna, called "St. Cecilia."


The Lambs on the Boulder
   
   --This prose poem is about two paintings, one is
     by Andreas Mantegna, called "The Lamentation over
     the Dead Christ," and the other is the fresco
     about The Last Judgement done by Capolavori di
     Giotto. The poem also talks about the painter 
     Cimabue

   --brief discussion of Giotto's life 



The Last Pieta, in Florence 

   --It's a poem based on 
     one of Michaelangelo's 
     sculptures, his Pieti 
     Fiorentina" that's in 
     Florence.  It was 
     carved between 1550-1555. 
     (This sculpture is not 
     the same as the more 
     famous pieta in the 
     Vatican).

 
 
 
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Guiding Questions
 
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In our department's English Literature Databanks
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In The Heath Anthology of American Literature 

The main purpose is to serve as a teacher's guide to teach Wright's poetry.

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Interpretations
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@ @ An excerpt from the essay "Loaded Contradictions, James Wright's Poetic Technique" by Raina Von Waldenburg on Xconnect Multimedia Literary Review (volume 1 issue 2).
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@ @ A reading note "On 'Lightning Bugs Asleep in the Afternoon'" by Heather Sauer on the web site of the course "Studies in English and American Poetry" in The Ohio State University-Marion.
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@ @ On one of the web pages of "Media Nugget of the Day," several book reviews on Wright's "Above the River: The Complete Poems" by readers are presented through the link to Amazon.Com.
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@ @ Brief comment about one reader's affection for Wright's poems
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@ @ A great site about "A Blessing" with a neat graphic
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@ @ A website presents a parody of Wright's "Lying in a Hammock"
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