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Nothing goes further toward a man's liberation than the act of surviving his need for character.

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Cifelli. Children's poems. ") He was popular enough and interesting enough to warrant a pair of appearances in the early 1960s on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

John Anthony Ciardi (pronounced /ˈtʃɑrdiː/ CHAR-dee; Italian: [ˈtʃardi]) (June 24 1916 – March 30 1986) was an American poet translator and etymologist. While primarily known as a poet he also translated Dante's Divine Comedy wrote several volumes of children's poetry pursued etymology contributed to the Saturday Review as a columnist and long-time poetry editor and directed the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Vermont.

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