no major poet is cherished more and known less
from that period in America.
As well as poetry,
wrote translations, essays, criticism, and personal letters. She had an influential period as editor of the modernist journal the Dial
. Her poems are characterised by precise, irregular, unrhymed verse forms and minutely detailed observation, often of semi-mythical animals used as ways of talking about the human condition. Always reluctant to let her work go out of her hands, and often self-deprecating about it, she published few books and let much of her poetry remain in periodicals.
was a pivotal figure in US poetry of the twentieth century. A recent editor has written that