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Merton's Correspondence with:

Jan Boggs

Boggs, Jan, 1950-  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1966
Volume: 3 item(s); 3 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Merton gives his definition of poetry in response to a high school student's request.


Jan Boggs was a sophomore at Niskayuna High School in New York.

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Related Information and Links

See also one published letter from Merton to Boggs in The Road to Joy, p. 338.

Series List

This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1966/02/02 HLS to Merton I am a sophomore at Niskayuna High School, Niskayuna, New York, and we are doing a poetry unit in my asking for help on an English assignment - asking Merton's definition of a poem «detailed view»
2. 1966/02/09 TL[c] from Merton I received your letter of the 3rd only yesterday. I am afraid this answer will be too late to help Merton provides his definition of poetry «detailed view»
3. 1966/02/11 HLS to Merton How can I ever thank you for your wonderful, gracious letter? When my teacher heard that I had written to many poets - compiled around 200 definitions of poetry - Merton's one of the most meaningful / Merton's care in helping her despite the many adults who ignore a teenager «detailed view»

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