Robert Hayden


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Robert Hayden (4 August 1913 – 25 February 1980) was an American poet, essayist, educator. He was appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1976. On April 21, 2012, a U.S. Postage Stamp, within a pane of 10 Twentieth Century Poets, was issued featuring Hayden.

Hayden was born Asa Bundy Sheffey in Detroit, Michigan, to Ruth and Asa Sheffey (who separated before his ... more »

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  • ''Mark Van Doren,
    a poem of remembrance, a gift, a souvenir for you.''
    Robert Earl Hayden (1913-1980), U.S. poet. A Ballad of Remembrance (l. 43-44). . . Collected Poems [Robert Hayden]. Frederick Glaysher, ed. (1985)...
  • ''As well have a talon as a finger, a muzzle as a mouth,
    as well have a hollow as a heart.''
    Robert Earl Hayden (1913-1980), U.S. poet. A Ballad of Remembrance (l. 25-26). . . Collected Poems [Robert Hayden]. Frederick Glaysher, ed. (1985)...
  • ''Quadroon mermaids, Afro angels, black saints
    balanced upon the switchblades of that air
    and sang.''
    Robert Earl Hayden (1913-1980), U.S. poet. A Ballad of Remembrance (l. 1-3). . . Collected Poems [Robert Hayden]. Frederick Glaysher, ed. (1985) L...
  • ''Then you arrived, meditative, ironic,
    richly human; and your presence was shore where I rested
    released from the hoodoo of that dance, where I spoke
    with my true voice again.''
    Robert Earl Hayden (1913-1980), U.S. poet. A Ballad of Remembrance (l. 34-37). . . Collected Poems [Robert Hayden]. Frederick Glaysher, ed. (1985)...
  • this man, this Douglass, this former slave, this Negro
    beaten to his knees, exiled, visioning a world
    where none is lonely, none hunted, alien,
    this man, superb in love and logic,...
    Robert Earl Hayden (1913-1980), U.S. poet. Frederick Douglass (l. 7-11). . . Collected Poems [Robert Hayden]. Frederick Glaysher, ed. (1985) Liver...
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