Levine was born in detroit, michigan, on january 10, 1928 to immigrant parents of russian-jewish ancestry his youth and early adulthood typified the experiences of most lower and middle income. Philip levine was one of the leading poetic voices of his generation, a large, ironic whitman of the industrial heartland, according to edward hirsch the son of russian-jewish immigrants, levine was born and raised in industrial detroit, where he began working in the auto factories at the age of 14. Philip levine received the national book award in 1991 for his volume of poems titled what work is for decades, levine had been associated with the working class, particularly those blue-collar workers in factories and on the assembly lines of the hometown detroit he knew as a young man in the 1930s and 1940s.
Kristen dupard recites what work is by philip levine youssef biaz reads 'those winter sundays' by robert hayden poetryoutloudvideos 30,630 views 3:20 philip levine reads his poem they. Philip levine - poet - the author of numerous award-winning poetry collections, philip levine was elected a chancellor of the academy of american poets in 2000 in 2011, he was named the 18th us poet laureate by the library of congress, and in 2013, he received the academy of american poets' wallace stevens award for proven mastery in the art of poetry. Philip levine and robert hayden: what work is those winter sundays 1464 words | 6 pages could not love her as much as how i loved her once because she had crushed my belief on how perfect life was when i had a family. The poetry of philip levine is somber, reflective, and honest it is spare in form, taut in expression, simple in idiom levine has turned away from conventional metrical form and rhyme to write largely in blank or free verse , often in flexible three-or four-beat lines.
What work is is one of my favorite poems, and the book itself is filled with dozens of others that might as well be philip levine has a perfect knack for capturing experiences that i think are common to, or at least feel common to, most people. This poem evoked memories of working summers at the ford river rouge plant in detroit i was lucky to live in an era when you not only didn't have to wait, hopefully in the rain but could get a summer slot they offered not so much because they needed that help as that they wanted to support the students. You can have it by philip levine my brother comes home from work and climbs the stairs to our room i can hear the bed groan and his shoes drop one by one you can have it he says.
Poets like philip levine and robert hayden understand this feeling and depict it in their poems what work is and those winter sundays these poems convey how it feels like to not feel love from the family that should have loved us more than anything in the world. What work is by philip levine - we stand in the rain in a long line waiting at ford highland park for work you know what work is--if you're old eno.
What work is is a collection of american poetry by philip levine the collection has many themes that are representative of levine's writing including physical labor, class identity, family relationships and personal loss. Philip levine (b january 10, 1928, detroit, michigan d february 14, 2015, fresno, california) was a pulitzer prize-winning american poet best known for his poems about working-class detroit. All of philip levine poems philip levine poetry collection from famous poets and poems.
When philip levine died on valentine's day last month, i spent part of the next day remembering him by rereading his fine and well-regarded book, what work is i also remembered his reading. Philip levine was one of the leading poetic voices of his generation, a large, ironic whitman of the industrial heartland, according to edward hirsch the son of russian-jewish immigrants, levine was born and raised in industrial detroit, where he began working in the auto factories at. The following article is a slightly adapted excerpt of the forthcoming book, michigan literary luminaries: from elmore leonard to robert hayden (history press, 2015): philip levine's father came to the united states from russia, traveling across the ocean all by himself at age fifteen he grew up. Morgan williams reads what work is by poet laureate philip levine national poet laureate philip levine reads and discusses his youssef biaz reads 'those winter sundays' by robert hayden.
To work is to survive, and the details of how difficult or debased work can be are evoked in the title poem and the poem 'growth' (each the book what work is) levine was the man, he suffered, he was there. Shorter vol 1 by wayne franklin, robert s levine, jerome klinkowitz and philip fiction 2012 paperback 50 out of 5 stars - shorter vol 1 by wayne franklin, robert s levine, jerome klinkowitz and philip. This is a formidable array of practicing poets, all born between 1926 and 1930, and the publication of philip levine's what work is argues for his inclusion among them.