Theodore Roethke (1908-1963)

A selective list of online literary criticism for poet Theodore Roethke, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources

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"Theodore Roethke." Excerpts from influential critics on Theodore Roethke. Contents: Roethke's Life and Career; A Roethke Chronology; On "Cuttings" and "Cuttings (Later)"; On "Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartz"; On "The Flight" (from "The Lost Son"); On "The Lost Son"; On "I Knew a Woman"; On "North American Sequence"; An Essay on "North American Sequence," by Cary Nelson; "Regions of the Self: Theodore Roethke's North American Sequence." Modern American Poetry. Ed. Cary Nelson and Walter Kalaidjian.

"Theodore Roethke." An introduction to Roethke from the Academy of American Poets.

"Theodore Roethke." Encyclopedia-type introduction to Theodore Roethke, and selected poems. Poetry Foundation.

Stout, Janis. A HREF="">"Theodore Roethke." Discussion questions for teachers and readers of Roethke's poetry, from Heath guides.

Kirsch, Adam. "Primal Ear: Roethke, Wright, and the cult of authenticity." New Yorker, 1 August 2005.

The Theodore Roethke Museum. Roethke's boyhood home at 1805 Gratiot in Saginaw, Michigan, which is owned and operated by the Friends of Theodore Roethke.

A remembrance of the poet Theodore Roethke by one of his former students, James Knisely.

literary criticism

Blessing, Richard Allen. A review of Theodore Roethke's Dynamic Vision. Reviewer Paul Mariani. Contemporary Literature 17, 1 (Winter, 1976), pp. 138-141 [free at jstor].

Bogen, Don. "From Open House to the Greenhouse: Theodore Roethke's Poetic Breakthrough." ELH 47, 2 (Summer, 1980), pp. 399-418 [free at jstor].

Hirsch, David H. Reviews of two scholarly books on Theodore Roethke: The Echoing Wood of Theodore Roethke by Jenijoy La Belle; and Theodore Roethke: The Garden Master by Rosemary Sullivan. Contemporary Literature 19, 2 (Spring, 1978), pp. 243-248 [free at jstor].

Mazzaro, Jerome. Two scholarly books on Theodore Roethke reviewed: Theodore Roethke: An American Romantic. by Jay Parini; and The Universal Drum: Dance Imagery in the Poetry of Eliot, Crane, Roethke, and Williams, by Audrey T. Rodgers. American Literature 52, 3 (Nov., 1980), pp. 502-504) [preview or purchase at jstor].

Stout, Janis. "Theodore Roethke and the Journey of the Solitary Self." Interpretations 16, 1 (Fall 1985), pp. 86-93 [free at jstor].

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