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Pinsky, Robert

Works: 317 works in 713 publications in 5 languages and 30,458 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Biographies  Reviews  Educational films  Internet videos  History  Interviews  Musical settings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Narrator, Librettist, Other, Interviewee, Signer, win, Lyricist, Speaker, Performer
Classifications: PS3566.I54, 808.81
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Robert Pinsky
Americans' favorite poems : the Favorite Poem Project anthology( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 2,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of 200 poems by such authors as Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and John Keats, with comments by those Americans who chose them as their favorites
The Inferno of Dante : a new verse translation by Dante Alighieri( Book )

29 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in English and Italian and held by 1,781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first part of Dante's classic poem of faith follows the author with his guide Virgil through the circles of hell, describing the sinners and punishments witnessed there
Thousands of Broadways : dreams and nightmares of the American small town by Robert Pinsky( )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Broadway, the main street that runs through Robert Pinsky's home town of Long Branch, New Jersey, was once like thousands of other main streets in small towns across the country. But for Pinsky, one of America's most admired poets and its former Poet Laureate, this Broadway is the point of departure for a lively journey through the small towns of the American imagination. Thousands of Broadways explores the dreams and nightmares of such small towns-their welcoming yet suffocating, warm yet prejudicial character during their heyday, from the early nineteenth century through World War II
Democracy, culture, and the voice of poetry by Robert Pinsky( )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 1,614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The place of poetry in modern democracy is no place, according to conventional wisdom. The poet is a casualty of mass entertainment and prosaic public culture, banished to the artistic sidelines to compose variations on insipid themes for a dwindling audience. Robert Pinsky argues that this gloomy diagnosis is wrongheaded and writes that to portray poetry and democracy as enemies is to radically misconstrue both. The voice of poetry, he shows, resonates with profound themes at the very heart of democratic culture. One of the country's most accomplished poets, Robert Pinsky served two terms as America's Poet Laureate (1997-2000) and led the immensely popular multimedia Favorite Poem Project, which invited Americans to submit and read aloud their favorite poems. Pinsky draws on his experiences and on characteristically sharp and elegant observations of individual poems to argue that expecting poetry to compete with show business is to mistake its greatest democratic strength--its intimate, human scale--as a weakness. He states that as part of the entertainment industry poetry will always be small and overlooked. As an art--and one that is inescapably democratic--it is massive and fundamental
The sounds of poetry : a brief guide by Robert Pinsky( Book )

19 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 1,418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide to the enjoyment of poetry. It is composed of chapters dealing with sonic elements, accent and duration, syntax and line, like and unlike sounds, blank verse and free verse. The author illustrates these with examples from fifty poets
The figured wheel : new and collected poems, 1966-1996 by Robert Pinsky( Book )

28 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 1,402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Pinsky's The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems, 1966-1996 gathers together all his poetry to date, including twenty-one new poems. The critic Hugh Kenner, writing about Pinsky's first volume, described this poet's project as "nothing less than the recovery for language of a whole domain of mute and familiar experience." Transformation of the familiar and uttering of what had been mute or implicit within culture continue to be central to Pinsky's art. New poems like "Avenue" and "The City Elegies" envision the city's mysterious epitome of human pain and imagination, forces that recur in "Ginza Samba," an astonishing history of the saxophone, and "Impossible to Tell," a jazz-like work that intertwines elegy with the Japanese custom of linking-poems and the American tradition of ethnic jokes. A final section of translations includes renderings of poems by Czeslaw Milosz, Paul Celan, and others, as well as the last canto of Pinsky's award-winning version of the Inferno
The situation of poetry : contemporary poetry and its traditions by Robert Pinsky( Book )

22 editions published between 1976 and 1978 in 3 languages and held by 1,241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems to read : a new favorite poem project anthology( Book )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology for new readers and poetry fans discusses the pleasures of reading poems and includes some two hundred works by top contributors, providing accompanying commentary by readers of various ages, regions, and backgrounds. Poems To Read Is a welcoming avenue into poetry for readers new to poetry, including high school and college students. It is also meant to be a fresh, valuable collection for readers already devoted to the art. This anthology concentrates on the actual pleasures of reading poems: hearing the poem in your voice, bringing it to other people, musing about it, taking excitement or comfort from it, wandering with it or, as in the Keats letter quoted in the Introduction, having it as a starting post. Many of these 200 poems are accompanied by comments from readers of various ages, regions, and backgrounds who participated in the Favorite Poem Project. Included are poems by John Donne, Walt Whitman, William Butler Yeats, Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks, Seamus Heaney, Allen Ginsberg, and Louise Gluck, to name a few. The editors offer their own comments on some of the poems, which are arranged in thematic chapters
The life of David by Robert Pinsky( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poet, warrior, and king, David has loomed large in myth and legend through the centuries, and he continues to haunt our collective imagination, his flaws and inconsistencies making him the most approachable of biblical heroes. Robert Pinsky, former poet laureate of the United States, plumbs the depths of David's life: his triumphs and his failures, his charm and his cruelty, his divine destiny and his human humiliations. Drawing on the biblical chronicle of David's life as well as on the later commentaries and the Psalms--traditionally considered to be David's own words--Pinsky teases apart the many strands of David's story and reweaves them into a single narrative
Essential pleasures : a new anthology of poems to read aloud by Robert Pinsky( Recording )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A book-and-audio set features poems that emphasize the attentive, intuitive, and reflective process of listening to poetry, in a collection that organizes works under such themes as "Short Lines, Frequent Rhymes" and "Odes, Complaints, and Celebrations."
Jersey rain by Robert Pinsky( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and held by 939 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now assembled in this book, the Poet Laureate's poems become part of a larger, fugue-like meditation on the themes of life guided by Hermes: deity of music and deception, escort of the dead, inventor of instruments, the brilliant messenger and trickster of heaven
Gulf music by Robert Pinsky( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 933 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An improvised, even desperate music, yearning toward knowledge across a gulf, informs Robert Pinsky's first book of poetry since Jersey Rain (2000). On the large scale of war or the personal scale of family history, in the movements of people and cultures across oceans or between eras, these poems discover connections between things seemingly disparate. Gulf Music is perhaps the most ambitious, politically impassioned, and inventive book by this major American poet
Singing school : learning to write (and read) poetry by studying with the masters by Robert Pinsky( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 879 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quick, joyful, and playfully astringent, with surprising comparisons and examples, this collection takes an unconventional approach to the art of poetry. Instead of rules, theories, or recipes, Singing School emphasizes ways to learn from great work: studying magnificent, monumentally enduring poems and how they are made. This anthology respects poetry's mysteries in two senses of the word: techniques of craft and strokes of the inexplicable. Pinsky's headnotes for each of the 80 poems and his brief introductions to each section take a writer's view of specific works, finding intense verbal music, wild imagination in matter-of-fact language, surrealist aplomb, and subtlety in meter.--From publisher description
An invitation to poetry : a new Favorite Poem Project anthology( Book )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of classical and contemporary poems are introduced by everyday people from across the United States, including pieces by such masters as Shakespeare, Keats, and Dickinson and featuring an accompanying video introduction by one of the editors
The best of the best American poetry( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each year a new volume in the Best American Poetry series, founded by poet Lehman, appears, each edited by a distinguished American poet. To celebrate the series' twenty-fifth anniversary, Lehman asked former poet laureate Pinsky to select 100 best of the best. Selections are arranged alphabetically by poet, ranging from Allen Ginsberg to Kevin Young, Megan O'Rourke to Adrienne Rich. Given the depth of Lehman and Pinsky's opening essays and the concise poet biographies and the poets' original statements about the writing of the poems, this is an anthology of broad scope, serious pleasure, and invaluable illumination
The Inferno of Dante by Dante Alighieri( Recording )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dante Aligheri's magnificent story of his journey through the infinite horrors of Hell and past the gates inscribed with the timeless words: Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here. The poem is a terrifying vision of the consequences of sin, a daring quest for the path to Paradise, and a vivid pageant of the Middle Ages"--Container back cover insert
An explanation of America by Robert Pinsky( Book )

18 editions published between 1970 and 1979 in English and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Pinsky (born October 20, 1940) is an American poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Pinsky is the author of nineteen books, most of which are collections of his own poetry. His published work also includes critically acclaimed translations, including The Inferno of Dante Alighieri and The Separate Notebooks by Czesław Miłosz. He teaches at Boston University
History of my heart by Robert Pinsky( Book )

9 editions published between 1984 and 2000 in English and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the title poem, a skein of childhood recollections unwinds to reveal the way the heart grows into desire, "yearning further into giving itself into the air". "The Figured Wheel", the poem that opens the book, offers a striking image for the workings of Pinsky's poetry and for those of art in general. Elizabeth Frank remarked in The Nation that the "bizarre juggernaut of the title rolls unstoppably over the world, gathering all times, places, persons, mythologies, religions and literatures into its gorgeous hangings and inscriptions, which add up to nothing less than the human race's whole inheritance of metaphor"
Selected poems by William Carlos Williams( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents approximately 140 poems by twentieth-century American poet William Carlos Williams and includes an introduction by poet Robert Pinsky and an index of titles and first lines
Poetry and the world by Robert Pinsky( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Americans' favorite poems : the Favorite Poem Project anthology
The Inferno of Dante : a new verse translationThousands of Broadways : dreams and nightmares of the American small townDemocracy, culture, and the voice of poetryThe sounds of poetry : a brief guideThe figured wheel : new and collected poems, 1966-1996The situation of poetry : contemporary poetry and its traditionsPoems to read : a new favorite poem project anthologyThe life of David
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Pinsky R. 1940-

Pinsky, Robert 1940-

Robert Pinsky Amerikaans auteur

Robert Pinsky amerikansk poet

Robert Pinsky poeta, saggista e traduttore statunitense

Robert Pinsky US-amerikanischer Dichter und Literaturkritiker

Robertus Pinsky

Пински Р. Н

Пински Р. Н. 1940-

Пински, Роберт

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