Donald Hall

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Donald Hall was born in Hamden, Connecticut, the only child of Donald Andrew Hall, a businessman, and Lucy Wells. He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, then earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1951 and a B.Litt, from Oxford in 1953. Hall received a honorary PhD, Lit. from Bates College in 1991.

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To grow old is to lose everything.
Aging, everybody knows it.
Even when we are young,
we glimpse it sometimes, and nod our heads

An Old Life

Snow fell in the night.
At five-fifteen I woke to a bluish
mounded softness where
the Honda was. Cat fed and coffee made,

Distressed Haiku

In a week or ten days
the snow and ice
will melt from Cemetery Road.

Name Of Horses

All winter your brute shoulders strained against collars, padding
and steerhide over the ash hames, to haul
sledges of cordwood for drying through spring and summer,
for the Glenwood stove next winter, and for the simmering range.

White Apples

when my father had been dead a week
I woke
with his voice in my ear
                         I sat up in bed


Michael Walker 23 February 2020

I would like to see Donald Hall's long, incantatory poem 'Prophecy' included on Poem Hunter. I can't get enough of that poem, even though I do not understand all of it. It is magnetic.

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Tristen Damerst 08 January 2020

His poems bring nature to be more Beautiful than the way people look at it.

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Michael Walker 31 August 2019

A really fine poet. He has technical skill and emotional depth.

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Sunita 25 August 2018

Very vivid n evocative are your poems

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Ashley 01 July 2018

Such evocative images - the colors and feelings of life. Love An Old Life.

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George T Enoch 11 April 2015

I wish to no more about him

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Cornelius Siccama 04 December 2012

every time I reread the name of horses I have tears in my eye. Why? I guess it is about the most honest and upright way to convey the meaning of love

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Sheila Pallay 27 October 2009

I have been collaborating with Donald Hall for the past few years...combining his words and my photographs. If you like his poetry you should visit my website:

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Lawrence Glendinning 14 September 2007

I want to learn more about him

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