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); biography by A. Seager (1968); studies by J. Parini (1979) and R. Stiffler (1986).

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Theodore Roethke: Selected full-text books and articles

On the Poet and His Craft: Selected Prose of Theodore Roethke
Ralph J. Mills Jr.; Theodore Roethke.
University of Washington Press, 1965
The Lost Son, and Other Poems
Theodore Roethke.
Doubleday, 1948
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Papa's Waltz," "The Waking," and "Root Cellar"
Reader Response in Secondary and College Classrooms
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
Jack Myers; David Wojahn.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1991
A Library of Literary Criticism: Modern American Literature
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
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
Ian Hamilton.
Oxford University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Roethke, Theodore" begins on p. 458
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