Louis Untermeyer

Louis Untermeyer

About Louis Untermeyer

Louis Untermeyer was an american poet and critic. He published his first book of poetry 'First Love' in 1911. This poetry collection reflected the influences of Heinrich Heine and British poet Laurence Housman. His next collection, Challenge was published in 1914 and showed his growing maturity as a poet. He was appointed the fourteenth Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1961. Untermeyer was known for his wit and his love of puns. For a while, he held Marxist beliefs, writing for magazines such as The Masses, through which he advocated that the United States stay out of World War I. After the suppression of that magazine by the U.S. government, he joined The Liberator, published by the Workers Party of America. Later he wrote for the independent socialist magazine The New Masses. He was a co-founder, in 1916, of The Seven Arts,a poetry magazine that is credited for introducing many new poets, including Robert Frost, who became Untermeyer's long-term friend and correspondent.
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