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On Poetry and Craft by Theodore Roethke

Posted on August 24, 2012

This book is somewhat of a departure from other books I’ve reviewed.  It’s hard to classify–something akin to a compendium of knowledge regarding the craft of poetry, essays on learning and teaching, and pithy aphorisms that seem to hold (like prismatic gems) dearly attained wisdom. On Poetry and Craft by Theodore Roethke Roethke is a pretty canonical poet.  If you’ve ever taken a 20th Century poetry course, you’ve probably come across a few of his poems: “My Papa’s Waltz” and “In a Dark Time” spring to mind.  You might be tempted to write Roethke off as a minor poetic figure who had a few hits (the poetic equivalent of 98 Degrees).  Don’t.  Roethke has a lot of exceptional things to say about both the…