Poet, Critic, and Translator
Published March 1, 1984
Robert Hass is a poet, a critic, and a translator.
His poetry stems from California history, ecology, and politics, and his verse shows a meticulous concern with both substance and sound. Hass is the author of four books of poetry: Field Guide (1973), Praise (1979), Human Wishes (1989), and Sun Under Wood: New Poems (1997). His interest in the theory of prosody led him to write a book of essays entitled Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry (1984). He also has collaborated in the translation of six volumes of poetry by Czeslaw Milosz: The Separate Notebooks (1984), Unattainable Earth (1986), The Collected Poems (1988), Provinces (1991), Facing the River: New Poems (1995), and A Second Space (2004), as well as a volume of classic Japanese haiku: The Essential Haiku: Versions of Bashåo, Buson, and Issa (1994).
Hass is a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as co-editor of The Addison Street Anthology: Berkeley’s Poetry Walk (2004), a collection of poetry based on a public art project that he helped to create for the city of Berkeley.
Hass received a B.A. (1963) from St. Mary’s College of California, and an M.A. (1965) and a Ph.D. (1971) from Stanford University.
Last updated January 1, 2005.
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