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

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.

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Ask Me

‘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.

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At the Bomb Testing Site

‘At the Bomb Testing Site’ by William E. Stafford describes moments in a mostly unpopulated desert before the testing of a nuclear bomb. 

Monuments for a Friendly Girl at a Tenth Grade Party

William Stafford shows his unique style of writing, the use of imagery, and symbolism in his poem ‘Monuments for a Friendly Girl at a Tenth Grade Party.’ He uses flashbacks to his school days when he first met his childhood love, Ruth, and felt “alive.”

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Traveling through the Dark

‘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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You Reading This, Be Ready

‘You Reading This, Be Ready’ was written a few days before William Stafford’s death. This poem taps on the theme of savoring the present moment.

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