Life Studies

Quote on W. D. Snodgrass by Donald Hall

Recently it has become commonplace, in summary accounts of contemporary verse, to blame Snodgrass for the abuses of confessional poetry. Thus are the suns of the third generation visited upon the progenitors. Once must admit that Heart's Needle, with its miseries of divorce and child-loss, started things: Robert Lowell sometimes credited his Iowa pupil Snodgrass with showing him the way to Life Studies. Hall, Donald. ā€œā€˜Selected Poems, 1957-1987ā€™ by W. D. Snodgrass (Book Review).ā€ Partisan Review 55.3 (1988): 505-507. Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. Online. 5 March 2014.