Daryl Hine was a poet and a translator whose works have been praised for their verbal dexterity, formal ingenuity, and metrical grace.
Following publication of his first collection, Five Poems (1954), Hine published numerous volumes of lyrical verse, represented in Selected Poems (1981). His subsequent volumes of lyric and narrative poetry included Academic Festival Overtures (1985), In and Out: A Confessional Poem (1989), and Postscripts (1991). He was also the author of a prose novel, a travel book, and several plays. In addition, he translated Theocritus, Idylls and Epigrams (1982), Ovid’s Heroines (1991), Puerilities: Erotic Epigrams of The Greek Anthology (2001), and Works of Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns (2004). Such translations are usually presented in prose form, but Hine’s translation of ancient Greek texts from verse into verse more closely approximates the mechanics and the melody of the originals.
From 1968 to 1978, Hine was the editor of Poetry magazine. He taught courses in poetry and comparative literature at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Hine studied at McGill University, and received an M.A. (1965) and a Ph.D. (1967) from the University of Chicago.