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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; Reprint edition (February 25, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679733574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679733577
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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A renegade in his own way, Hecht is the top formalist at work in America today.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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To A Madonna
Heureux Qui, Comme Ulysse, A Fait Un Beau Voyage
Cape Cod Lullaby
Lagoon
Adam
After The Rain; For W.d. Snodgrass
Alceste In The Wilderness
'and Can Ye Sing Baluloo When The Bairn Greets?'
Apples For Paul Stuttman
Application For A Grant
Apprehensions
As Plato Said
'auguries Of Innocence'
Auspices
An Autumnal
Behold The Lilies Of The Field
Birdwatchers Of America
A Birthday Poem
Black Boy In The Dark
A Cast Of Light; At A Father's Day Picnic
Christmas Is Coming
Clair De Lune
Coming Home; From The Journals Of John Clare
The Cost
A Deep Breath At Dawn
The Deodand
'dichtung Und Wahrheit'; For Cyrus Hoy
Discourse Concerning Temptation
Double Sonnet
The Dover Bitch; A Criticism Of Life
Drinking Song
The End Of The Weekend
Exile; For Joseph Brodsky
The Feast Of Stephen
Fifth Avenue Parade
The Gardens Of The Villa D'este
The Ghost In The Martini
Giant Tortoise
'gladness Of The Best;' For Hays Rockwell
Going The Rounds: A Sort Of Love Poem
Goliardic Song
The Grapes
Green: An Epistle
A Hill
House Sparrows
The Hunt; For Zbigniew Herbert
Imitation
Improvisations On Aesop
'it Out-herods Herod. Pray You, Avoid It'
Japan
Jason
La Condition Botanique
Le Masseur De Ma Soeur
A Letter
Lizards And Snakes
A Lot Of Night Music
The Lull; For Allen Tate
The Man Who Married Magdalene; Variation Theme Louis Simpson
Message From The City
'more Light! More Light!'
The Odds
The Origin Of Centaurs; Frp Dimtri Hadzi
Ostia Antica
An Overview
Peripeteia
Persistences
Pig
A Poem For Julia
Retreat
Rites And Ceremonies: 1. The Room
Rites And Ceremonies: 2. The Fire Sermon
Rites And Ceremonies: 3. The Dream
Rites And Ceremonies: 4. Words For The Day Of Atonement
A Roman Holiday
Rome
Samuel Sewall
Sestina D'inverno
The Seven Deadly Sins: Avarice
The Seven Deadly Sins: Envy
The Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony
The Seven Deadly Sins: Lust
The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride
The Seven Deadly Sins: Sloth
The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath
The Short End
Somebody's Life
The Song Of The Flea
Still Life
Swan Dive
Tarantula Or The Dance Of Death
Third Avenue In Sunlight
The Thoughtful Roistered Declines The Gambit
Three Prompters From The Wings
Upon The Death Of George Santayana
The Venetian Vespers
The Venetian Vespers: Introductory Poem; For Helen
A Voice At A Seance
The Vow
An Old Malediction
Invective Against Denise, A Witch
Oedipus At Colonus: Chorus. Praise For Kolonos
Poem Upon The Lisbon Disaster
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder® --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By George C. J. Fleck II on March 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
Anthony Hecht is Moses coming down from Mount Parnassus with these Collected Earlier Poems as his Ten Commandments on the craft of ARS POETICA. He is perfectly at ease with all the elements of style and leads the reader easily into his world of observed treasures- Venetian Vespers - Cape Cod Lullaby - and for a change of pace, Third Avenue in Sunlight. An absolute master of his craft.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Renee B on June 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
Anthony Hecht's poems are such carefully crafted masterpieces, unfolding beautifully, quietly creeping into the heart. For those who recognize and appreciate the flow of language, the meter of words and syllables. Read "A Letter" and "Sestina d'Inverno." True works of art.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By VoidMagazine.com on July 6, 2006
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Contains the complete texts of Millions of Strange Shadows, The Venetian Vespers, and The Hard Hours (for which he won the Pulitzer prize). Hechts poems are formal and savage. You'd be hard pressed to find another poet who can write with such grace and ferocity. From jealous love to the holocaust, Hecht approaches every topic. One of America's greatest, and, unfortunately, lesser known poets.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By adead_poet@hotmail.com on November 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
if i had to describe Anthony Hecht in one word, it would be regal. there is no poet who looks more dignified or acts with more dignity. and his poetry is full of grace, dignity, and a quiet power. it is no wonder that hecht is as respected as he is. the poems in this collection are ones to be read slowly, over time, in order to fully digest what makes hecht such a magnificant poet.
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In "Hugh Selwyn Mauberly" Ezra Pound bemoans the degeneration of contemporary poetry: "The 'age demanded' chiefly a mould in plaster, / Made with no loss of time, / A prose kinema, not assuredly, alabaster / Or the sculpture of rhyme . . . . / All things are a flowing, / Sage Heraclitus says: / But a tawdry cheapness / Shall outlast our days." It would be interesting to hear Pound's evaluation of most published "twitter" poetry today, but even he might be lost for words. Hecht, on the other hand, epitomizes classical English language poetry at its best. He is not an easy read, not only because of his mastery of form and language, but also thanks to the sophisticated allusions that permeate this collection. Reading it (with occasional assistance from Wikipedia) is clearly worth the effort.
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