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Genre  Poetry
Name  John Hollander

Role  Poet
Children  Martha Hollander
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Born  October 28, 1929 Manhattan (1929-10-28)
Alma mater  Columbia College of Columbia University, Indiana University
Spouse  Anne Loesser; Natalie Charkow
Died  August 13, 2013, Branford, Connecticut, United States
Education  Indiana University Bloomington (1959), Columbia University, Indiana University
Awards  Bollingen Prize, MacArthur Fellowship
Books  Rhyme's reason, The gazer's spirit, Types of shape, Reflections on espionage, The Work of Poetry
Similar People  Frank Kermode, Carolyn Kizer, Martha Hollander, Harold Bloom, Marjorie Perloff

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John Hollander (October 28, 1929 – August 17, 2013) was an American poet and literary critic. At the time of his death, he was Sterling Professor Emeritus of English at Yale University, having previously taught at Connecticut College, Hunter College, and the Graduate Center, CUNY.


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Hollander was born in Manhattan, to Muriel (Kornfeld) and Franklin Hollander, Jewish immigrant parents. He attended the Bronx High School of Science and then Columbia College of Columbia University, where he studied under Mark Van Doren and Lionel Trilling, and overlapped with Allen Ginsberg(Hollander's poetic mentor)), Jason Epstein, Richard Howard, Robert Gottlieb, Roone Arledge, Max Frankel, Louis Simpson and Steven Marcus. At Columbia, he joined the Boar's Head Society. After graduating, he supported himself for a while writing liner notes for classical music albums before returning to obtain a Ph.D. in literature.

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Hollander resided in Woodbridge, Connecticut, where he served as a judge for several high school recitation contests, and said he enjoyed working with students on their poetry and teaching it. With his ex-wife, Anne Loesser (daughter of pianist Arthur Loesser; married 1953 to 1977), he was the father of writer Martha Hollander and uncle of the songwriter Sam Hollander. He married Natalie Charkow in 1981.

Hollander died at Branford, Connecticut, on August 17, 2013 at the age of 83.

Poetic career

Hollander stressed the importance of hearing poems out loud: 'A good poem satisfies the ear. It creates a story or picture that grabs you, informs you and entertains you. The poet needing to be aware of the 'sound of sense;the music of speech'. To Hollander, verse was a kind of music in words, and he spoke eloquently about their connection with the human voice.

Also known for his translations from Yiddish. Hollander usually wrote his poems on a computer, but if inspiration struck him, he offered that, "I've been known to start poems on napkins and scraps of paper, too."

Hollander was also considered to have technical poetic powers without equal - as exampled by his 'Powers of Thirteen' poem, an extended sequence of 169 (13x13) unrhymed thirteen line stanzas with 13 syllables in each line. These constraints liberated rather than inhibited Hollander's imagination, giving a fusion of metaphors that enabled Hollander to conceive this work as 'a perpetual calendar'. Hollander also composed poems as 'graphematic' emblems (Type of Shapes 1969) and epistolary poems exampled in (Reflections on Espionage 1976) and, as a critic (in Vision and Resonance: Two senses of Poetic Form, 1975), offered telling insights into the relationship between words and music and sound in poetry, and in metrical experimentation, and 'the lack of a theory of graphic prosody'.

Hollander influenced poet Karl Kirchwey, who studied under Hollander at Yale. Hollander taught him that it was possible to build a life around the task of writing poetry. Kirchwey recalled Hollander's passion: 'Since he is a poet himself ... he conveyed a passion for that knowledge as a source of current inspiration.'

Hollander also served in the following positions, among others: member of the board, Wesleyan University Press (1959–62); editorial assistant for poetry, Partisan Review (1959–65) and a contributing editor, of Harper's Magazine (1969–71). and also commenced his other role as a poetry critic.

Hollander's poetry has been set to music by Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter and others and also in 2007 he collaborated with the Eagles to use his poem 'An Old Fashioned Song' to create a hit record no 1, in America entitled 'No more walks in the wood'.

Awards and honors

  • 2006: Appointed Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut (term ended in 2011)
  • 2006: Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award
  • 2002: Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement
  • 1990: MacArthur Fellowship
  • 1983: Bollingen Prize for Powers of Thirteen.
  • 1979: elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Department of Literature
  • 1958: Yale Series of Younger Poets for his first book of poems, A Crackling of Thorns, chosen by W. H. Auden.
  • Works

  • A Crackling of Thorns (1958) poems
  • The Untuning of the Sky (1961)
  • The Wind and the Rain (1961) editor with Harold Bloom
  • Movie-Going (1962) poems
  • Philomel (1964) "cantata text" for the composition of the same name by American composer Milton Babbitt
  • Visions from the Ramble (1965) poems
  • Jiggery-Pokery: A Compendium of Double Dactyls (1967) with Anthony Hecht
  • Types of Shape (1969, 1991) poems
  • Images of Voice (1970) criticism
  • The Night Mirror (1971) poems
  • Town and Country Matters (1972) poems
  • The Head of the Bed (1974) poems
  • Tales Told of the Fathers (1975) poems
  • Vision and Resonance (1975) criticism
  • Reflections on Espionage (1976) poems
  • Spectral Emanations: New and Selected Poems (1978)
  • Blue Wine (1979) poems
  • The Figure of Echo (1981) criticism
  • Rhyme's Reason: A Guide to English Verse (1981, 1989, 2001) manual of prosody
  • Powers of Thirteen (1983) poems
  • In Time and Place (1986) poems
  • Harp Lake (1988) poems
  • Melodious Guile: Fictive Pattern in Poetic Language (1988)
  • Some Fugitives Take Cover (1988) poems
  • Tesserae and Other Poems (1993)
  • Selected Poetry (1993)
  • Animal Poems (1994) poems
  • The Gazer's Spirit: Poems Speaking to Silent Works of Art (1995) criticism
  • The Work of Poetry (1997) criticism
  • Figurehead and Other Poems (1999) poems
  • Picture Window (2003)
  • American Wits: An Anthology of Light Verse (2003), editor
  • The Oxford Anthology of English Literature, American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, editor
  • Poems Bewitched and Haunted (2005) editor
  • A Draft of Light (2008), poems
  • Sonnets. From Dante to the present, Everyman's library pocket poets.
  • References

    John Hollander Wikipedia

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