Theodore Roethke

Theodore Roethke (rĕt´kə), 1908–63, American poet, b. Saginaw, Mich., educated at the Univ. of Michigan and Harvard. A poet of the Midwest, Roethke combined a love of the land with his vision of the development of the individual. The moods of his poetry range from acid wit to simple feeling, his poetic technique from straightforward language and meters to free forms that approach the surreal. Among his volumes of poetry are Open House (1941), The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948), The Waking (1953, Pulitzer Prize), Words for the Wind (1957), I Am! Says the Lamb (1961), and The Far Field (1964). On the Poet and His Craft (1965) contains essays and lectures.

See his notebooks, ed. by D. Wagoner (1980); letters, ed. by R. J. Mills, Jr. (1968); biographies by A. Seager (1968) and R. Sullivan (1976); studies by J. Parini (1979) and R. Stiffler (1986).

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Theodore Roethke: Selected full-text books and articles

The Lost Son, and Other Poems By Theodore Roethke Doubleday, 1948
Librarian's tip: Includes "Papa's Waltz," "The Waking," and "Root Cellar"
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The New Anthology of American Poetry By Steven Gould Axelrod; Camille Roman; Thomas Travisano Rutgers University Press, vol.3, 2012
PRIMARY SOURCE
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On the Poet and His Craft: Selected Prose of Theodore Roethke By Theodore Roethke; Ralph J. Mills Jr University of Washington Press, 1965
Theodore Roethke, an American Romantic By Jay Parini University of Massachusetts Press, 1979
Theodore Roethke: The Garden Master By Rosemary Sullivan University of Washington Press, 1975
Dance of the Senses: Natural Vision and Psychotic Mysticism in Theodore Roethke's Poetry By Paglia, Camille Michigan Quarterly Review, Vol. 48, No. 1, Winter 2009
Reader Response in Secondary and College Classrooms By Nicholas J. Karolides Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000 (2nd edition)
Librarian's tip: Chap. 20 "Reader Responses to Roethke's 'My Papa's Waltz' Exploring Different Perspectives"
A Profile of Twentieth-Century American Poetry By Jack Myers; David Wojahn Southern Illinois University Press, 1991
A Library of Literary Criticism: Modern American Literature By Dorothy Nyren; Dorothy Nyren Frederick Ungar, 1960 (3rd edition)
Librarian's tip: "Roethke, Theodore (1908- )" begins on p. 407
Writers and Philosophers: A Sourcebook of Philosophical Influences on Literature By Edmund J. Thomas; Eugene G. Miller Greenwood Press, 1990
Librarian's tip: "Roethke,Theodore" begins on p. 163
The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry in English By Ian Hamilton Oxford University Press, 1996
Librarian's tip: "Roethke, Theodore" begins on p. 458
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