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Louis Untermeyer

Untermeyer, Louis (ŭnˈtərmĪər) [key], 1885–1977, American poet and anthologist, b. New York City. Although a first-rate poet, he is known best for his anthologies, notably Modern American Poetry (1919), Modern British Poetry (1920), This Singing World (1923), Fifty Modern American and British Poets: 1920–1970 (1973), and many others, all of which have been revised numerous times. The high quality of his own poetry and his talent as a parodist are best represented in his Selected Poems and Parodies (1935). His prose works include Lives of the Poets (1960) and several volumes of criticism.

See his autobiography, From Another World (1939), and The Letters of Robert Frost to Louis Untermeyer (1963).

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  • Louis Untermeyer: "Feuerzauber" - I never knew the earth had so much gold — The fields run over with it, and this hill, Hoary and old, Is young with buoyant blooms that flame and thril
  • Louis Untermeyer: Only of thee and me - Only of thee and me the night wind sings, Only of us the sailors speak at sea, The earth is filled with wondered whisperings Only of thee and me.

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