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Theodore Huebner Roethke
Theodore Huebner Roethke (May 25, 1908 August 1, 1963) was a United States poet, who published several volumes of poetry characterized by its rhythm and natural imagery. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1954 for his book, The Waking. Roethke was born in Saginaw, Michigan. His father, Otto Roethke, was a German immigrant, who owned a large local greenhouse. Much of Theodore's childhood was spent in this greenhouse, as reflected by the use of natural imagery in his poetry. The poet's adolescent years were jarred, however, by the death of his father from cancer in 1923 and his uncle's suicide. These both powerfully shaped Roethke's psychic and creative lives. He attended the University of Michigan and briefly attended law school before entering Harvard University, where he studied under the poet Robert Hillyer. He was then forced to abandon graduate study for economic reasons and became a professor of English. He taught at several universities, among them Lafayette College, Pennsylvania State University and Bennington College.

dolor
 
 
I have known the inexorable sadness of pencils,
Neat in their boxes, dolor of pad and paper-wei... [read poem]
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