About Rachel Wetzsteon

Rachel Wetzsteon (1967 - 2009) was an American poet and critic. A life-long resident of Manhattan, she taught at Barnard College. Her books of poetry include Sakura Park (2006) and Home and Away (1998). She also wrote a book of criticism called Influential Ghosts: A Study of Auden's Sources. She held degrees from the universities of Yale, Johns Hopkins, and Columbia.


Rachel Wetzsteon Has written the following articles:


Philip Larkin and Happiness

On “Born Yesterday”

For those familiar with Philip Larkin’s work, the title of this short essay will seem to offer a juxtaposition so improbable as to be laugh-out-loud funny-rather like that old joke staple, the tiny book titled German Humor, or the admittedly unlikely prospect of a panel at a New Formalist conference on “The Achievement of the L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E Poets.” Indeed, if we do associate the word with Larkin, we’re most likely to think of poems in which happiness is mentioned as an absence-as in the narrator’s rueful longing in “High Windows” for “everyone young going down the long slide / To happiness, endlessly.” I don’t want to suggest that Larkin’s poetry gives us glimpses of joy with anything resembling regularity.… continue reading...

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