The Collected Poems
The early poems, long unavailable in any edition, sound themes that have always engaged Kunitz: life's meaning, the relation of time to eternity, kinship with nature, and loss, most poignantly that of his father. But despite the power of his poems about loss, Kunitz remains ardent in celebrating life. He fully lives up to his own advice to younger poets "to persevere, then explore. Be explorers all your life."
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Review: The Collected PoemsUser Review - Thom Satterlee - Goodreads
Of the 20th-century American poets that came after Frost, Eliot, and Stevens, I consider Stanley Kunitz to be the best. This book collects over seventy years worth of his work, from formalist gems ... Read full review
Review: The Collected PoemsUser Review - Richard - Goodreads
All that holds me back from 5 stars are the early poems, which I just didn't dig--formal beyond structure into overly cerebral work that tries to be too high and mighty. Get into the 70's, and the magnificence of Kunitz really starts to show. Read full review