Books: POET'S POET

Hardly anyone except his fellow poets noted the fact or felt the loss when Ridgely Torrence died at 76 on Christmas Day, 1950. All the poems he ever published would fit in one small book. But he was admired as a poet, and loved as a friend, by Edwin Arlington Robinson, Robert Frost, Padraic Colum, William Vaughn Moody. A tall, thin, diffident man with a gaunt face and staring eyes, Ridgely Torrence wrote his rare verse with passion and unceasing care; his poems, polished by humble sincerity as well as art, are understandable by...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!