Ammons remembered the deaths of his brothers, saying that they accounted in part for the undercurrent of loss and loneliness in his work upon graduation from high school in 1943, ammons took a job in the shipyard in wilmington, north carolina.
Good confessional poetry achieves its success by drawing on the tensions, neuroses, and self-destructive impulses of the poet's own life judging from the snow poems , ammons lives an altogether too sane and ordinary life for him to operate successfully in this mode. (full name archie randolph ammons) american poet the following entry presents an overview of ammons's career for further information on his life and works, see clc, volumes 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 25.
A(rchie) r(andolph) ammons 1926– american poet because of his poetic adaptation of natural forces, forms, and phenomena in the american landscape, some critics consider ammons, more so than whitman, the fulfillment of emerson's call for an american bard. Ammons, a(rchie) r(andolph) (1926- ), was born and raised in rural north carolina, the youngest of a tobacco farmer's three surviving children ammons started writing poetry on board a united states destroyer escort in the south pacific during the second world war. A r ammons' tape for the turn of the year was composed on a roll of adding machine tape it purports to be a long poem in the form of a journal covering some thirty-five days in the poet's life. The ammons family name was found in the usa, the uk, and canada between 1840 and 1920 the most ammons families were found in the usa in 1880 in 1840 there were 12 ammons families living in north carolina.
Archival recordings of poet ar ammons, with an introduction to his life and work recorded in 1963 at the library of congress, washington, dc read more essay snow days by stephanie burt from flurries to relentless storms, why snow makes american poetry american read more. Celebrated poetry critic helen vendler’s introduction both humanizes ammons and traces the growth of his outsized stature as a major poet, “unquestionably among the best-loved poets of our time” (david lehman. Attention equals life argues that a potent hunger for everyday life explodes in the post-1945 period as a reaction to the rapid, unsettling transformations of this epoch, which have resulted in a culture of perilous distraction epstein demonstrates that poetry is an important, and perhaps unlikely, cultural form that has mounted a response, and even a mode of resistance, to a culture suffering from an acute crisis of attention.
From a r ammons: selected poems, ed david lehman a r ammons had reason to consider himself, as he capriciously put it in a late poem, a drab pot – top bard spelled backwards partly to conceal and partly to revel in the distinction. Archival recordings of poet ar ammons, with an introduction to his life and work recorded in 1963 at the library of congress, washington, dc.
A r ammons was a major american poet known for his works on humanity and nature this biography of a r ammons provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline. Meditative, comic, emotionally wrenching, steeped in both the natural world and the life of the mind, the poetry of a r ammons is at once cosmic in scope and intimate in its moment-to-moment transformations. Archie randolph ammons was born on a farm near whiteville, north carolina, in 1926, the son of willie m and lucy della (mckee) ammons during his formative years, he was expected to help his father, so although he lived close to nature, it was as a worker rather than as a mere observer.