Louis Untermeyer

American poet

Louis Untermeyer (October 1, 1885December 18, 1977) was an American author, poet, anthologist, and editor.


Modern American Poetry 1950Edit

  • All poetry is the reproduction of the tones of speech
  • The poet's dilemma..to create order in the midst of disorder
  • To reveal man in relation to the universe the poet must show himself not only concerned with the immensities but with the trivialities of daily life, with a sense of the past continually interupting the present.


  • It takes a heap o’ children to make a home that’s true,
    And home can be a palace grand, or just a plain, old shoe;
    But if it has a mother dear, and a good old dad or two,
    Why, that’s the sort of good old home for good old me and you.
  • Laughter shall drown the raucous shout;
    And, though these shelt’ring walls are thin,
    May they be strong to keep hate out
    And hold love in.
    • Poem, Prayer for This House

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