William Jay Smith (April 22, 1918 – August 18, 2015) was an American poet. He was appointed the nineteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1968 to 1970.

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  • William Jay Smith (April 22, 1918 – August 18, 2015) was an American poet. He was appointed the nineteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1968 to 1970. (en)
  • Уильям Джей Смит (англ. William Jay Smith; 22 апреля 1918, Уиннфилд, Луизиана — 18 августа 2015) — американский поэт-лауреат. (ru)
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  • 1918-4-22
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  • 2015-08-18 (xsd:date)
  • 2015-8-18
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  • United States
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  • Books of The Times; Man, Nature and Everyday Activities in Verse
  • "The Journey of William Jay Smith"
  • The Atlantic.
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  • "The best poems in Smith's first book were unlike anything else in postwar American literature. Their quality of tone and vision was French, but not the French of any particular author. Instead Smith, a native of that international Paris of the imagination, was writing French poems in English, poems as close as anything by the Symbolists to that unattainable ideal of poésie pure. In a short poem like "A Note on the Vanity Dresser", the words themselves take over the initiative and create meanings and echoes of meaning that seem almost independent of the poet. This is a poem that shows language in the process of discovering itself."
  • "The far-reaching themes and variety of styles in William Jay Smith's poetry prove that commonplace ideas and everyday activities can be reinvented by lyrical language that enlightens and entertains the reader. His magical "Collected Poems" span a half-century of his life and the life of the nation, adding up to a literary and social history of our times in verse."
  • "When the whole history of twentieth-century American poetry is eventually written, it will surely be revealed that despite the apparently larger and often noisier triumphs of "open" forms, astonishingly good verse that we can call "metrical" or "formal" has continued to be written by some of the country's best poets – Smith himself along with his contemporaries and near-contemporaries Richard Wilbur, John Hollander, and Anthony Hecht. That Smith has written poems replete with rhythm, rhyme, wit, and melody – what Louise Bogan called "the pleasures of formal poetry," in an essay by the same name – is cause for celebration, homage, and gratitude."
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  • American writer, translator, editor (en)
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  • William Jay Smith (April 22, 1918 – August 18, 2015) was an American poet. He was appointed the nineteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1968 to 1970. (en)
  • Уильям Джей Смит (англ. William Jay Smith; 22 апреля 1918, Уиннфилд, Луизиана — 18 августа 2015) — американский поэт-лауреат. (ru)
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  • William Jay Smith (en)
  • Смит, Уильям Джей (ru)
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