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John Ciardi
  • Name: John Ciardi
  • Born: 06/24/1916
  • Died: 03/30/1986 (69 years old)
  • Occupation: Poet, teacher, etymologist, translator

John Anthony Ciardi (/ˈɑːrdi/ CHAR-dee; Italian:[ˈtʃardi]; June 24, 1916 – March 30, 1986) was an American poet, translator, and etymologist. While primarily known as a poet, he also translated Dante’s Divine Comedy, wrote several volumes of children’s poetry, pursued etymology, contributed to the Saturday Review as a columnist and long-time poetry editor, and directed the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. In 1959, Ciardi published a book on how to read, write, and teach poetry, How Does a Poem Mean?, which has proven to be among the most-used books of its kind. At the peak of his popularity in the early 1960s, Ciardi also had a network television program on CBS, Accent. Ciardi’s impact on poetry is perhaps best measured through the younger poets whom he influenced as a teacher and as editor of the Saturday Review.

Awards: Hopwood Award

School: Bates College, Tufts Universitysmall|(transferred), University of Michigan

Genre: Poet, etymologist

Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Death Place: Metuchen, New Jersey

Source: Wikipedia

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