Anne Stevenson, The Collected Poems of Anne Stevenson 1955-1995

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The Collected Poems 1955-95

, Oxford University Press, 1996,

comprises over two hundred of the approximately three hundred poems she had published to that date, poems written since she was an undergraduate, that, as she puts it in the Preface, she judges “to be at least half successful”. The collection includes poems from each of her twelve previously published, separate volumes, dating from

Living in America

, 1965, up to

Four and a Half Dancing Men

, 1993. It is valuable in its own right, bringing together some of the most striking works of a poet now widely recognised as a major figure writing in English during the second half of the twentieth century, but also as representing the poet’s own evaluation of her achievement at a particular point in her life.


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Citation: Gordon, Ian. "The Collected Poems of Anne Stevenson 1955-1995". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 September 2011 [, accessed 26 May 2024.]

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