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Richard Wilbur, who twice won Pulitzer Prize for his poetry, dies at 96

Richard Wilbur, who twice won Pulitzer Prize for his poetry, dies at 96

Richard Wilbur, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator who intrigued and delighted generations of readers and theater-goers through his rhyming editions of Moliere and his own verse on memory, writing and nature, has died.

Wilbur died Saturday night in Belmont, Mass., with his family by his side, according to friend and fellow poet, Dana Gioia. He was 96.

The U.S. poet laureate in 1987-88, Wilbur was often cited as an heir to Robert Frost and other New England writers and was the rare versifier to enjoy a following beyond the poetry community. He was regarded — not always favorably — as a leading "formalist," a master of old-fashioned meter and language who...

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