Hall received an honorary PhD, Lit. Hall began writing even before reaching his teens,  beginning with poems and short stories, and then moving on to novels and dramatic verse. That same year, he published his first work.
Stitt IssueFall Donald Hall was born in New Haven and raised in Hamden, Connecticut, but spent summers, holidays, and school vacations on a farm owned by his maternal grandparents in Wilmot, New Hampshire.
After holding fellowships at Stanford and at Harvard, Hall moved to Ann Arbor, where he was professor of English at the University of Michigan for seventeen years.
He is also the author of several books of prose, some written for students, some for children, and some for sports fans. Two of the anthologies he has compiled have become classics: Inafter the death of his grandmother, Hall gave up his tenured professorship at Michigan and moved with his wife Jane Kenyon to the old family farm in New Hampshire.
Since then he has supported himself through freelance writing. Sixteen years later, he continues to feel that he never made a better decision. It was at Eagle Pond Farm that the first two sittings of this interview were conducted in the Donald hall essay poetry of and Donald Hall likes to get to work early, and so both interview sessions at the farm began at about six a.
Interviewer and interviewee sat in easy chairs with the tape recorder on a coffee table between them. How did you become a writer? What was the first thing that you ever wrote and when? When I was about twelve I loved horror movies.
That started me writing poems and stories. Then when I was fourteen I had a conversation at a Boy Scout meeting with a fellow who seemed ancient to me; he was sixteen. I was bragging and told him that I had written a poem during study hall at high school that day.
He asked—I can see him standing there—You write poems? He had just quit high school to devote himself to writing poetry full time! It turned out that my friend knew some eighteen-year-old Yale freshmen, sophisticated about literature, and so at the age of fourteen I hung around Yale students who talked about T.
I saved up my allowance and bought the little blue, cloth-covered collected Eliot for two dollars and fifty cents and I was off. I decided that I would be a poet for the rest of my life and started by working at poems for an hour or two every day after school.
I believe you attended Exeter—was anyone there helpful to you? HALL After a couple of years of public high school, I went to Exeter—an insane conglomeration of adolescent males in the wilderness, all of whom claimed to hate poetry.
One English teacher made it his announced purpose to rid me of the habit of writing poetry. For the first ten minutes, the other students laughed—but then they shut up. They may not have liked poetry but they were shocked by what he did. When I came back to Exeter ten years later to read my poems, after publishing my first book, the other teachers asked my old teacher-enemy to introduce me and my mind filled up with possibilities for revenge.
When I wrote it, I thought I made the teacher and his classroom up, but a few days after the piece appeared, I received the postcard in an envelope from my enemy-teacher at Exeter together with a note: I suppose your fingerprints are still on it.
My parents were willing to let me follow my nose, do what I wanted to do, and they supported my interest by buying the books that I wanted for birthdays and Christmas, almost always poetry books.A Jocelyn Ajami | David LaRue Alexander | Bruce Amble | Doreen Ambrose-Van Lee | Gwen Ames | Michael Eddie Anderson | Candace Armstrong | Elana Ashley | Susan B.
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Dec 06, · Interview: Donald Hall, Author Of 'Essays After Eighty' The former U.S.
poet laureate says he can't write poetry any more, but still has some prose in him. In a new book, Essays . These are some of the many databases available to you as a member of Middletown Thrall Library: Artemis (now Gale Literary Sources) Searches the following databases (described below): Literature Criticism Online, Literature for Students, Literature Resource Center, and Something about the Author.
Donald Hall writes about living alone in the same house his family has occupied since the Civil War, and what it has been like to outlive his wife. "The Poetry Crowd," an essay by Donald Hall (Poetry of American History, Poetry of America, The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress) “THE POETRY CROWD,” by Donald Hall Poetry of American History, a Series of Essays by Leaders in the Literary Field.