Talk:A. R. Ammons

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I am concerned that many passages in this article are plagiarized from "Archie: A Profile of A.R. Ammons," by David Lehman (originally published in American Poet magazine, © 2006, and available online on the poets.org website; here's a link). Some comparisons:

Wiki: "The colon is used as an all-purpose punctuation mark, with the effect that closure is continually postponed." Lehman: "Archie uses his signature colon as an all-purpose punctuation mark. The colon permits him...to postpone closure indefinitely."

Wiki: "The three-line stanzas resemble what may be called 'terza libre'—a rhymeless imitation of Dante's terza rima." Lehman: "The three-line stanzas...resemble a species of terza libre: a rhymeless version...."

Wiki: "The critic Harold Bloom has championed Ammons as a transcendentalist, 'the most direct Emersonian in American poetry since Frost'." Lehman: "Harold Bloom has championed Ammons as a transcendentalist, 'the most direct Emersonian in American poetry since Frost'."

And etcetera. The Wikipedia article has only one in-text citation and one reference, and that's in the "Life" section. The "Works" section is unreferenced, and strikes me as either original research, or plagiarized passages, or a mixture of both.

"Content that violates any copyright will be deleted. Encyclopedic content must be verifiable."

Recommendations, please? Easy2Slip (talk) 04:35, 26 August 2008 (UTC)


Here's the current first paragraph of the Wikipedia "Life" section:

Ammons was born in 1926 and raised in rural North Carolina, near Whiteville, 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 World War II. Upon his return to civilian life he majored in science at Wake Forest University and later did graduate work in English at the University of California, Berkeley. For a year he was principal of the tiny elementary school in the island village of Cape Hatteras. For the better part of a decade he worked at Friedrich & Dimmock Inc. as a sales executive in his father-in-law's biological glass company in Millville, New Jersey. Later, Ammons became poet-in-residence at Cornell University.

That paragraph is taken word for word from a second David Lehman article about Ammons:

Ammons was born in 1926 and raised in rural North Carolina, near Whiteville, 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 World War II. Upon his return to civilian life he majored in science at Wake Forest University and later did graduate work in English at the University of California, Berkeley. For a year he was principal of the tiny elementary school in the island village of Cape Hatteras. For the better part of a decade he worked at Friedrich & Dimmock Inc. as a sales executive in his father-in-law's biological glass company in Millville, New Jersey. Later, Ammons became poet-in-residence at Cornell University.
--Lehman, David, from The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-century Poetry in English. Ed. Ian Hamilton. Oxford: Oxford UP. Copyright © Oxford UP; online version available here.

Easy2Slip (talk) 13:03, 26 August 2008 (UTC)


I'm also pretty sure that the quotation of the entire poem "I am Ezra" (see "Works" section) is a copyright violation.Easy2Slip (talk) 13:51, 26 August 2008 (UTC)


He wrote a poem called "Easter Morning." —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.134.23.184 (talk) 06:56, 1 June 2009 (UTC)