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WILLIAM SMITH

Missouri & Wadham 1947 (22 April 1918 - 18 August 2015)

WILLIAM SMITH

From 1968 to 1970 Mr Smith served as the consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress, as the poet laureate’s post was then known. He was the author of many volumes of poems throughout his life, as well as criticism, memoirs, translations of poetry from a spate of European languages and children’s verse. At his death he was an Emeritus Professor of English at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. Mr Smith’s poems for adults were praised for their diction and thematic variety. They ranged over the natural world, love, the experience of war, his Choctaw ancestry and many other subjects.