William Stafford

William Stafford was an American poet who is remembered as a pacifist. He was the 20th Consult in Poetry to the Library of Congress, appointed in 1970. Throughout his career, he won the National Book Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Robert Frost Medal.

An Introduction to Some Poems

by William Stafford

William Stafford’s ‘An Introduction to Some Poems’ is about the role of budding poets. The speaker says that every life is worth writing about, and a writer’s work is to share “authentic” human experiences.

Ask Me

by William Stafford

‘Ask Me’ appears in William Stafford’s one of the best-known poetry collections, Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford. This metaphorical poem is bout life and memories.

Traveling through the Dark

by William Stafford

‘Traveling through the Dark’ by William Stafford is a powerful poem about life, death, and nature. The lines depict someone’s choices in regard to a dead, pregnant doe he finds on the side of the road.

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