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Selected Poetry of Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

"Blow, blow, thou winter wind."
Away from here,
And I shall greet thy passing breath
Without a tear.
        (To Winter, 1-4)
  1. "It's Great When You Get In"
  2. A Regular Sort of a Guy
  3. To Winter
  4. Villanelle of Ye Young Poet's First Villanelle to his Ladye and Ye Difficulties Thereof


Notes on Life and Works

Born October 16, 1888, in New York, Eugene O'Neill is the 20th-century's best-known American dramatist. Educated at Princeton, he spent his early years working as a secretary in New York, as a gold-prospector in Honduras, as a seaman on trips to Buenos Aires, South Africa, and Southampton, and as a bit-player in his father's company. He wrote verse in these early years, but after spending six months in a sanatorium he turned to writing plays in 1913. He won four Pulitzer prizes for his plays Beyond the Horizon (1919), Anna Christie (1922), Strange Interlude (1928), and his semi-autobiographical drama on his own family, Long Day's Journey into Night (composed 1940-41, published 1956). He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1936. Others of his plays include The Emperor Jones (1921), The Hairy Ape (1922), All God's Chillun Got Wings (1924), Desire under the Elsm (1924), the trilogy Mourning becomes Electra (1931), Ah! Wilderness (1932), The Iceman Cometh (1946), and Moon for the Misbegotten (1947). He died November 27, 1953.

Biographical information

Given name: Eugene
Family name: O'Neill
Birth date: 1888
Death date: 1953