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Stanley Plumly, former Maryland poet laureate, dies

Stanley Plumly, former Maryland poet laureate, dies

Stanley Plumly, Maryland’s former poet laureate and a respected University of Maryland faculty member who taught creative writing, died of complications of multiple myeloma April 11 at his Frederick home. He was 79.

"Being able to speak with a certain amount of clarity what's in your mind and in your heart seems to me to be inseparable from having a happy life,” he said in 2009 when appointed to the state honor by then-Gov. Martin O’Malley. Mr. Plumly was an expert on the 19th century British poet John Keats and two of his contemporaries, the artists John Constable and J.M.W. Turner.

Born in Barnesville, Ohio, he was the son of Herman Plumly, who worked in a family lumber...

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