Selected Poems

Selected Poems Alongside Wallace Stevens James Merrill and other pillars of twentieth century poetry Anthony Hecht joins the Borzoi Poetry series Hecht whose writing rings with the cadences of the King James Bib

  • Title: Selected Poems
  • Author: Anthony Hecht J.D. McClatchy
  • ISBN: 9780375711985
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alongside Wallace Stevens, James Merrill, and other pillars of twentieth century poetry, Anthony Hecht joins the Borzoi Poetry series.Hecht, whose writing rings with the cadences of the King James Bible, and who, as an infantryman at the end of World War II, participated in the liberation of the concentration camps, lived and experienced the best and worst of the twentiethAlongside Wallace Stevens, James Merrill, and other pillars of twentieth century poetry, Anthony Hecht joins the Borzoi Poetry series.Hecht, whose writing rings with the cadences of the King James Bible, and who, as an infantryman at the end of World War II, participated in the liberation of the concentration camps, lived and experienced the best and worst of the twentieth century Readers of this volume the first selected poems to be made from Hecht s seven individual volumes will be captivated by Hecht s dark music and allusions to the literature of the past As J D McClatchy explains in his introduction, Hecht was a poet for whom formal elegance was inextricably bound up with the dramatic force, thematic ambition, and powerful emotions in each poem The rules of his art, which he both honored and transformed, are moral principles meant finally to reveal the structure of human dilemmas and sympathies This elevated sense of what poetry can accomplish defines our experience of reading Hecht, and will ensure his place in the canon for years to come.Adam and Eve knew such perfection once,God s finger in the cloud, and on the groundNothing but springtime, nothing else at all.But in our fallen state where the blood huntsFor blood, and rises at the hunting sound,What do we know of lasting since the fall Who has not, in the oil and heat of youth,Thought of the flourishing of the almond tree,The grasshopper, and the failing of desire,And thought his tongue might pierce the secrecyOf the six pointed starlight, and might choirA secret voweled, unutterable truth from A Poem for Julia

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  • The most Shakespearean poet of America’s twentieth century, Anthony Hecht wrote his best work while raging on history’s wind-scarred heath. More personally, he saw first-hand the world’s “brute, inexplicable inequities” as a soldier present at an Auschwitz annex’s liberation, then as a helplessly caring and overburdened husband trapped in domestic wars. If chronicled earlier, and starkly, in “See Naples and Die,” which editor McClatchy calls “spooky” in his excellent introduc [...]


  • I have never read Mr. Hecht's work before as my familiarity with modern poetry is admittedly not very great. I am actually not positive that Mr. Hecht is a great poet, but the poems are immensely fascinating and enjoyable. Mr. Hecht is a poet of great technical skill and very fine verbal imagination. This gives his poems dignity. Some of them are masterpieces as "Sacrifice" and "Grapes" and even "The Venetian Vespers". (But whereas "See Naples and Die" is ironically a lot of fun to read, it's al [...]


  • 5 stars for the poems from The Hard Hours; only 1 or 2 for most of the poems selected from his other books. The Hard Hours is Hecht's essential collection; occasionally a poem from another collection will approach the strength of HH, but most of them are more like extremely accomplished exercises than real poems. Some of the later longer poems would function just as well as prose stories. In The Hard Hours Hecht comes face to face with the horrors of his experiences in World War II and other hor [...]


  • Anthony Hecht is a modern classicist in an age where the mid-20th century is presently remembered for the birth of the Beats and the New York school of poets. There is a gentrified, gentlemanly personality that stands firm at the center of his poetry, which speaks to political and social upheaval that typified his time. Having said that, the patrician in Hecht is nevertheless abundantly creative in the ways he interacts with his readers. His reputation will only increase as the dust clears and p [...]



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