Robert Fitzgerald was born in Springfield, Illinois, and attended Harvard University, where he received an excellent education in the classics. After college, he started to translate Greek poetry to keep up his skills. They were published and soon earned him the reputation as one of the best Greek translators in English. Though more known for his translations, Fitzgerald is also a poet in his own right. In poems such as "Song after Campion," Fitzgerald's strong classical influence mixes with the English Renaissance tradition to create pristine lyrical poetry. For both his poetry and translations he earned many awards including the Poet Laureate of the United States.