Continuing the tradition of Robert Frost and W. H. Auden, Wilbur's poetry finds illumination in everyday experiences. Less well-known is Wilbur's foray into lyric writing.
He provided many of the finer lyrical touches in Leonard Bernstein's 1956 musical, Candide. His honors include a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, both in 1957, the Edna St Vincent Millay award, the Bollingen Prize, and the Chevalier, Ordre National des Palmes Academiques. In 1987 Wilbur became the second poet, after Robert Penn Warren, to be named U.S. Poet Laureate. In 1989 he won a second Pulitzer, this one for his New and Collected Poems.
In 2006, Wilbur won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. He has also produced several unpublished works such as "The Wing" and "To Beatrice". Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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