Louise Bogan

Poet, Author

1897 – 1970

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Who was Louise Bogan?

Louise Bogan was an American poet. She was appointed the fourth Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress in 1945.

As poetry editor of The New Yorker magazine for nearly 40 years, Bogan played a major role in shaping mainstream poetic sensibilities of the mid-20th Century.

The Poetry Foundation notes that Bogan has been called by some critics the most accomplished woman poet of the twentieth century. It further notes that, "Some critics have placed her in a category of brilliant minor poets described as the "reactionary generation." This group eschewed the prevailing Modernist forms that would come to dominate the literary landscape of the era in favor of more traditional techniques.

Dictionary of Literary Biography contributor Brett C. Millier named Bogan "one of the finest lyric poets America has produced," and added that "the fact that she was a woman and that she defended formal, lyric poetry in an age of expansive experimentation made evaluation of her work, until quite recently, somewhat condescending."

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Born
Aug 11, 1897
Livermore Falls
Ethnicity
  • White American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Boston Latin Academy
  • Boston University
Lived in
  • Maine
Died
Feb 4, 1970
New York City

Submitted
on July 23, 2013