Robert Penn Warren

1905–1989
Robert Penn Warren

A literary heavyweight, Robert Penn Warren (1905—1989) helped develop New Criticism—interpreting a poem based solely on the text—shaped how poetry was read in the 20th century. Always a Southerner at heart, Warren is well known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the King’s Men, based on the Louisiana populist Governor Huey Long. Warren’s poetry, often written as historical narratives, earned two Pulitzer Prizes.

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POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

LIFE SPAN 1905–1989

Robert Penn Warren

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A literary heavyweight, Robert Penn Warren (1905—1989) helped develop New Criticism—interpreting a poem based solely on the text—shaped how poetry was read in the 20th century. Always a Southerner at heart, Warren is well known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the King’s Men, based on the Louisiana populist Governor Huey Long. Warren’s poetry, often written as historical narratives, earned two Pulitzer . . .

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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