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Robert Archambeau

Robert Archambeau is a literary critic and professor of English at Lake Forest College. His most recent books are Laureates and Heretics: Six Careers in American Poetry (2010) and Home and Variations (2004). His edited books include Letters of Blood and Other English Works by Göran Printz-Påhlson (2011), Vectors: New Poetics (2001), and Word Play Place: Essays on the Poetry of John Matthias (1998).


The State of the Art

Spring 2012 | Essays

The year is 1712, and the state of the art of American poetry is, in a word, provincial. The best-known and best-selling American poem remains Michael Wigglesworth’s The Day of Doom: A Poetical Description of the Great and Last Judgment, written so [...]