Who is Amy Clampitt



Amy Clampitt (June 15, 1920 – September 10, 1994) was an American poet and author.

Life Amy Clampitt was born on June 15, 1920 of Quaker parents, and brought up in New Providence, Iowa. In the American Academy of Arts and Letters and at nearby Grinnell College she began a study of English literature that eventually led her to poetry. She graduated from Grinnell College, and from that time on lived mainly in New York City. To support herself, she worked as a secretary at the Oxford University Press, a reference librarian at the Audubon Society, and a freelance editor. Not until the mid-1960s, when she was in her forties, did she return to writing poetry. Her first poem was published by The New Yorker in 1978. In 1983, at the ...
Read Full Biography


Amy Clampitt Poems

  • Brought From Beyond
    The magpie and the bowerbird, its odd
    predilection unheard of by Marco Polo
    when he came upon, high in Badakhshan,
    that blue stoneâ??s ...
  • Athena
    Force of reason, who shut up the shrill
    foul Furies in the dungeon of the Parthenon,
    led whimpering to the cave they live in still,
    ...
  • Easter Morning
    a stone at dawn
    cold water in the basin
    these walls' rough plaster
    imageless ...
  • A Hermit Thrush
    Nothing's certain. Crossing, on this longest day,
    the low-tide-uncovered isthmus, scrambling up
    the scree-slope of what at high tide
    will be again an island, ...
  • Fog
    A vagueness comes over everything,
    as though proving color and contour
    alike dispensable: the lighthouse
    extinct, the islands' spruce-tips ...
Read All Poems


Top 10 most used topics by Amy Clampitt

Night 4 Blue 4 High 4 Water 4 Long 4 Forever 3 Beneath 3 Fog 3 Cold 3 Color 3


Amy Clampitt Quotes

Read All Quotes


Comments about Amy Clampitt

  • Aha1r: the edge of the hurricane by amy clampitt
  • Lostincloudysky: 3 of 5 stars to archaic figure by amy clampitt
  • Alexcarnevale: 1952 letter by amy clampitt
  • Rabihalameddine: five years ago: the sun underfoot among the sundews by amy clampitt
  • Skydog811: the art of poetry no. 45
Read All Comments

Write your comment about Amy Clampitt


Poem of the day

Emily Dickinson Poem
How ruthless are the gentle'
 by Emily Dickinson

1439

How ruthless are the gentle-
How cruel are the kind-
God broke his contract to his Lamb
To qualify the Wind-


...

Read complete poem

Popular Poets