Collected Earlier Poems by Anthony Hecht

By Anthony Hecht

 THE VENETIAN VESPERS (1979)
“In its clear-eyed mercy towards human weak spot, Anthony Hecht’s poetry is going from power to strength.  The Venetian Vespers is immediately an extreme corroboration and an abundant extension of his refined, supple talents.  not anything humane is alien to him…  there's a handful of brief poems which are fostered alike through attractiveness and fear.  however it is the 4 lengthy poems that make sure Hecht as a poet of the widest apprehensions and comprehension, and this with out the gigantism that so haunts American poetic ambition.”
 —Christopher Ricks, the recent York instances booklet Review
 
MILLIONS of odd SHADOWS (1977)
“The excessive artistry of Anthony Hecht has been to nurture his personal reward, and to paintings at it with the deliberateness and stability that it deserved from him... Emotional depth and formal energy have been mixed in Hecht from his beginnings… The thirty poems in Millions of odd Shadows are all totally written, yet a number of really are the simplest he has released and are potentially to endure.  the superior is ‘Green: An Epistle,’ that's a lesson in profound, managed subjectivity and self-revelation, a precise antithesis to the opaque squalors of ‘confessional’ poets.  nearly both notable is ‘Coming Home,’ during which the poet John Clare gets a deeper interpretation than any critic has afforded him…”                                                                                             
—Harold Bloom, The New Republic
 
THE difficult HOURS (1968)
“Anthony Hecht’s first quantity of poems, A Summoning of Stones, demonstrated him as probably the most comprehensive of his tremendous finished generation.  His paintings was once impressive sufficient for its classical poise and style, however it additionally had a weight which set it apart.  for the reason that then his poetry has come transparent in a course no one may have predicted…He did the main tough factor of all: this so much fastidious and stylish of poets shed each artifice and commenced to put in writing with absolute uncooked simplicity and directness.  just a poet with a huge burden of whatever to claim ever desires of taking this path, and in simple terms an encouraged artist can deliver it off.  the outcome the following has been one of the most strong and unforgettable poems at this time being written in America,”
—Ted Hughes

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