Yale University

  • Goodheart, Lawrence B. "Wright, Elizur." American National Biography Online. American Council of Learned Societies: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Evelev, John. "Willis, Nathaniel Parker." American National Biography Online. American Council of Learned Societies: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Index to poems

Co-author of "The Whiffenpoof Song" with George S. Pomeroy.


For more poems, see the Academy of America Poets


  • The End
  • Orpheus Alone
  • The Idea

the Poetry Archive


  • Eating Poetry
  • From the Long Sad Party
  • Man and Camel
  • My Mother on an Evening in Late Summer
  • The Coming of Light

and The Poetry Foundation


  • “The Dreadful Has Already Happened
  • Black Maps
  • Coming to This
  • Courtship
  • Eating Poetry
  • Elegy 1969
  • Futility in Key West
  • In Celebration
  • Keeping Things Whole
  • Lines for Winter
  • My Life
  • Mystery and Solitude in Topeka
  • No Words Can Describe It
  • Orpheus Alone
  • Our Masterpiece Is the Private Life
  • Seven Poems
  • The End
  • The Garden
  • The Idea
  • The Marriage
  • The Minister of Culture Gets His Wish
  • The Mysterious Arrival of an Unusual Letter
  • The Prediction
  • The Untelling
  • To Himself
  • Where Are the Waters of Childhood?


      • Strand, Mark. Sleeping with One Eye Open. Stone Wall Press, 1964.
      • --. Reasons for Moving: Poems. New York: Atheneum, 1968.
      • --. Darker: Poems. New York: Atheneum, 1970. PS 3569.T69 D3 Robarts Library
      • --. The Story of Our Lives. New York: Atheneum, 1973. PS 3569.T69 S7 Robarts Library
      • --. The Sargeantville Notebook. Providence, RI: Burning Deck, 1974.
      • --. Elegy for My Father. Iowa City, IA: Windhover, 1978.
      • --. The Late Hour. New York: Atheneum, 1978. PS 3569.T69 L3 Robarts Library
      • --. Selected Poems. New York: Atheneum, 1980. PS 3569.T69 A6 University of Toronto Libraries at Downsview
      • --. The Continuous Life. New York: Knopf, 1990. PS 3569.T69 C6 Robarts Library
      • --. The Monument. Hopewell, NJ: Ecco Press, 1991. PS 3569.T69 M6 Robarts Library
      • --. Reasons for Moving, Darking, and the Sargeantville Notebook. New York: Knopf, 1992. PS 3569.T69 A6 1992 Robarts Library
      • --. Dark Harbor: A Poem. New York: Knopf, 1993. PS 3569.T69 D28 1993 Robarts Library
      • --. Blizzard of One: Poems. New York: Knopf, 1998. PS 3569.T69 B57 1998 Robarts Library
      • --. New Selected Poems. New York: Knopf, 2007. PS 3569.T69 A6 2007X Robarts Library
  • Pierpont, John. Airs of Palestine, a Poem. Baltimore: Printed for the author, 1816; Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1817.
  • Pierpont, John. Airs of Palestine and Other Poems. Boston: James Munroe, 1840.
  • Pierpont, John. The Anti-Slavery Poems of John Pierpont. Boston: Oliver Johnson, 1843; Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Literature House, 1970.
  • Barron, Jonathan. "Annie Finch." Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 282: New Formalist Poets. Ed. Jonathan N. Barron and Bruce Meyer. Gale Group, 2003: 91-101.
  • Finch, Annie. Calendars. Dorset, Vt.: Tupelo Press, 2003.
  • --. Carolyn Kizer: Perspectives on Her Life and Work. Fort Lee, N.J.: CavanKerry Press, 2001.
  • --. Catching the Mermother. West Chester, Pa.: Aralia Press, 1996.
  • --. The Encyclopedia of Scotland. Amherst, Mass.: Caribou Press, 1982. [performance poem]
  • --. Eve. Brownsville, Ore.: Story Line Press, 1997.
  • --. The Ghost of Meter: Culture and Prosody in American Free Verse. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993.
  • --. Marie Moving: An Epic Poem. Brownsville, Ore.: Story Line Press, 2002.
  • --. "Metrical Diversity: A Defense of Non-Iambic Meters." In David Baker, ed. Meter in English: A Critical Engagement. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1996: 59-74.
  • --. "A Rock in the River: Maxine Kumin's Rhythmic Countercurrents" and "Zaraf's Star." In Emily Grosholz, ed. Telling the Barn Swallow: Poets on the Poetry of Maxine Kumin. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 1997: 22-31, 178-179.
  • --. Season Poems. Los Angeles: Calliope Press, 2002.
  • --, ed. After New Formalism. Brownsville, Ore.: Story Line Press, 1999.
  • --, Johanna Keller, and Candace McClelland, eds. A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women. Brownsville, Ore.: Story Line Press, 1994.
  • -- and Kathrine Varnes, eds. An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002.
  • --, ed. Sequoia. 1987-91.
  • --, ed. WOM-PO. 1997-. A national listserve devoted to the discussion of women's poetry.

William Vaughn Moody was born on July 8, 1869, in Spenser, Indiana, and his family moved in 1871 to New Albany. He obtained his B.A. (1893) and M.A. (1894) at Harvard University, where he became co-editor of the Harvard Monthly, and joined its English Department in the 1894-95 academic year as assistant to Louis E. Gates. Moody lectured at the University of Chicago in 1895 and stayed there until 1907 when, having risen to Assistant Professor, he left academe to write poetry. By then he had published three verse plays, The Masque of Judgment (1900), The Fire-Bringer (1904), and The Great Divide (1907), one volume of poems (1901), an edition of Milton's works (1899), and a history of English literature (1907). 1908 earned him a D. Litt. at Yale University and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Moody married Harriet C. Brainerd on May 7, 1909, and died in Colorado Springs on Oct. 17, 1910.

  • Dictionary of American Biography. Vol. VII. Ed. Dumas Malone. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934.
  • Milton, John. Complete Poetical Works. Ed. William Vaughn Moody. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1899. PR 3550 .F24 1899 Robarts Library
  • Moody, William Vaughn. The Faith Healer: A Play in Four Acts. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1909. PS 2427 F35 1909 Robarts Library
  • --. The Fire-bringer. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1904. PS 2427 F5 1904
  • --. Letters to Harriet. Ed. Percy MacKaye. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1935. PS 2428 A47 1935 Robarts Library
  • --. The Masque of Judgment, a Masque-drama in Five Acts and a Prelude. Boston: Small, 1900.
  • --. Poems. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1901. PS 2425 A4 1901
  • --. Poems and Plays. Intro. John M. Manly. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1912. PS 2425 A2 1912 Robarts Library
  • --. Selected Poems. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1931. 811.5 Moo Se Trinity College
  • --. Some Letters of William Vaughn Moody. Ed. Daniel Gregory Mason. New York: AMS Press, 1969. PS 2428 A4 1969
  • --, and Robert Morss Lovett. A History of English Literature. New York: Scribner, 1904. 2 vols. PR 85 .M6 1904 Robarts Library
  • Stockney, Trumbull. Poems. Ed. George Cabot Lodge, William Vaughn Moody, and John Clierton Lodge. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1905. PS 3537 T525 1905
  • Who Was Who in America. Vol. I: 1897-1942. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1981.