Stephen Spender

Stephen Spender served as Poet Laureate form 1965 to 1966. His poetry has been set to music by Samuel Barber, John Corigliano, Nicholas Maw, Samuel Adler, and several other American composers, mostly in choral settings.

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“Sir Stephen Harold Spender, who was knighted in 1983, was born in London and educated at the University College School in London and at Oxford University. His early poetry was inspired by social protest, but critics preferred his later introspective, autobiographical poems. He cofounded and coedited (1939-41) Horizon, a literary monthly, and Encounter magazine (1953-66).”

–Library of Congress Poets Laureate page

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