Ammons, A. R.

Ammons, A. R.

(Archie Randolph Ammons), 1926–2001, American poet, b. Whiteville, N.C., grad. Wake Forest College (1949). He began writing poetry while serving in the Navy during World War II, and, after working as a school principal and sales executive, he taught creative writing at Cornell from 1964 until his death. His first book of poetry was published in 1955. His second, Expressions of Sea Level (1964), established him as a major American poet and exhibited his characteristic tone and themes: conversational free verse that frequently deals with the human interrelationship with nature in a modern echo of transcendentalismtranscendentalism
[Lat.,=overpassing], in literature, philosophical and literary movement that flourished in New England from about 1836 to 1860. It originated among a small group of intellectuals who were reacting against the orthodoxy of Calvinism and the rationalism of the
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. His other books of poetry include Tape for the Turn of the Year (1965), Collected Poems 1951–1971 (1972, National Book Award), Sphere (1974, Bollingen Prize), The Snow Poems (1977), Garbage (1993, National Book Award), Glare (1996), and the posthumously published Bosh and Flapdoodle (2005).

Bibliography

See his complete poems, ed. by R. M. West (2 vol., 2017); Z. Burr, ed., Set in Motion: Essays, Interviews, and Dialogues/A. R. Ammons (1996); studies by A. Holder (1978), H. Bloom, ed. (1986), R. Kirschten, ed. (1997), S. P. Schneider, ed. (1999), and D. Burak and R. Gilbert, ed. (2005).

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Ammons, A. R. (Archie Randolph)

(1926–  ) poet, teacher; born in Whitehall, N.C. He studied at Wake Forest College, N.C. (B.S. 1949), the University of California: Berkeley (1951–52), worked in New Jersey (1952–61), and began teaching at Cornell University in 1964. He is noted as a poet in the transcendental tradition.
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Ammons, A. R. An Image for Longing: Selected Letters and Journals of A.
Ammons, A. R. Set in Motion: Essays, Interviews, & Dialogues.