Willard Spiegelman teaches, and writes about English and American poetry. He also has an interest in Greek and Latin poetry, is a regular contributor to the Leisure & Arts page of The Wall Street Journal, and
editor-in-chief of the Southwest Review.
Doing Things With Poems, Romantic Literature, Five Poems, Six Contemporary Poets, The Idea of Pastoral
Areas of Research
English and American Poetry, esp. from 1798 to the present
Wordsworth’s Heroes (University of California Press, 1985); The Didactic Muse: Scenes of Instruction in Contemporary American Poetry (Princeton UP, 1989); Majestic Indolence: English Romantic Poetry and the Work of Art (Oxford UP, 1995); How to Read and Understand Poetry (The Teaching Company, 1999); The Lives and Works of the English Romantic Poets (The Teaching Company, 2003); How Poets See the World: The Art of Description in Contemporary Poetry (OUP, 2005); 'Love, Amy': The Selected Letters of Amy Clampitt, ed. (Columbia UP, 2005); Imaginative Transcripts: Selected Literary Essays (OUP, 2008); Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness (FSG/Picador, 2009, 2010); In the Frame: Women's Ekphrastic Poetry from Marianne Moore to Susan Wheeler, co-ed. (University of Delaware Press, 2009).
In addition, essays and reviews in The American Scholar, the Blackwell Companion to Romantic Poetry, the Cambridge History of American Poetry, Centennial Review, Comparative Literature, Contemporary Literature, ELH, Hopkins Review, Keats-Shelley Journal, Kenyon Review, Literary Imagination, Modern Philology, New Haven Review, Oxford Encyclopedia of American Poetry, Paris Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Partisan Review, Salmagundi, Southern Review, Studies in Romanticism, Tri-Quarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Yale Review, plus Opera News, the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere.
Fellowships and Grants from The National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Amy Clampitt Foundation, and the Bogliasco Foundation.