Happy birthday to Jon Stallworthy, born in London in 1935. Early in life, he knew he wanted to be a poet, and a poet he became.
Stallworthy grew up in Oxford, England. His father was a professor of gynecology and obstetrics. And his mother, Peggy, exposed a young Stallworthy to poetry by singing him nursery rhymes.
Stallworthy published his first collection of poetry in 1961 (“The Astronomy of Love”). As a masters student @oxford_uni
, two professors encouraged Stallworthy to study the poetry of W. B. Yeats. Stallworthy did, publishing his work in 1963 as, “Between the Lines: WB Yeats’s Poetry in the Making.” That same year, Stallworthy released his second poetry collection, “Out of Bounds.” In total, Stallworthy published 12 poetry collections. His last was 2004’s, “Body Language.” Along with writing poetry, Stallworthy produced a biography of the poet Wilfred Owen. The book was well-received. Graham Greene called it, “one of the finest biographies of our time.” The biography, “Wilfred Owen,” received awards such as the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize and the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Stallworthy taught @cornelluniversity
from 1977-1986. He returned to Oxford, serving as the poetry editor for the Oxford University Press.
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