Richard Palmur Blackmur

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Richard Palmer Blackmur (January 21, 1904 – February 2, 1965) was an American literary critic and poet.

He was born and grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. He attended Cambridge High and Latin School, but was expelled in 1918. An autodidact, Blackmur worked in a bookshop after high school, and attended lectures at Harvard University without enrolling. He was managing editor of the ... more »

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  • Both Eliot and Pound condense; their best verse is weighted—Pound's, with sensual experience primarily, and Eliot's with beliefs. Where the mind's life is concerned the senses produce images, and...
    R.P. Blackmur (1904-1965), U.S. critic, poet. "Examples of Wallace Stevens," Form and Value in Modern Poetry, Doubleday (1952).
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