John Hollander

An important literary critic and poet, John Hollander's poetry has been set by many acclaimed American composers, including Ned Rorem, Elliott Carter, Hugo Weisgall, Milton Babbitt, and George Perle. Hollander has often actively collaborated with composers as a librettist and lyricist.

Photo: John Hollander, entry, photo by Sara Barrett.

Print This Page


Born in New York City, John Hollander studied at Columbia University and Indiana University.

In addition to his several eloquent and intellectual books of criticism and poetry, Hollander has also edited numerous volumes, including Committed to Memory: 100 Best Poems to Memorize, Animal Poems, Poems Bewitched and Haunted, selected editions of poetry by Christina Rossetti and Ben Jonson, and several other works. He has also written children’s books and liner notes for classical recordings.

The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and winner of the Bollingen Prize, Hollander has taught at Connecticut College, Hunter College, the Graduate Center, CUNY, and Yale University. He is currently the Sterling Professor Emeritus of English at Yale.

–Christie Finn
Sources: Poetry Foundation and websites

Related Information



Sheet Music

A Horse With Wings

Composer(s): Ricky Ian Gordon

Song(s): Once I Was
Sweet Song
Afternoon on a Hill
My Sister's New Red Hat
A Horse with Wings
Poem (Lana Turner has Collapsed)
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
The Spring and the Fall
The Red Dress
What Shall We Remember?
Will There Really Be a Morning?
Sycamore Trees
Fewer Words
The Special Picnic
Janet Underneath the Roses
I am a Cherry Alive
An Old-Fashioned Song
White Haired Woman

Buy via Hal Leonard


Composer(s): Ned Rorem

Song(s): 1. The Drum
2. Tygers of Wrath
3. The Fury of the Aerial Bombardment
4. The Park
5. Sonnet LXIV
6. On his Seventy-Fifth Birthday
7. Grief
8. Remorse for Any Death
9. Losses
10. Then

Buy via Boosey & Hawkes

Support us and help us grow

Dear friends, Thank you for helping us build a comprehensive online archive of American song. Your gift is greatly appreciated.