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Theodore Huebner Roethke Edit Profile

educator , poet

Theodore Roethke was an American poet who published several volumes of influential and critically acclaimed verse. He is widely regarded as among the most accomplished and influential poets of his generation.


Ethnicity: Roethke was born in Saginaw, Michigan and grew up on the west side of the Saginaw River. His father, Otto, was a German immigrant.


His first work, Open House, shows the influence of poetic models such as John Donne, William Blake, Léonie Adams, Louise Bogan, Emily Dickinson, Rolfe Humphries, Stanley Kunitz, and Elinor Wylie, writers whose verse had shaped the poet's early imagination and style.


  • When he was teaching at Lafayette College, Roethke began his first book, Open House.


  • journal

    • Poetry

    • the New Republic

    • the Saturday Review

    • Sewanee Review

  • verse

    • Open House