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Collected Later Poems [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Hecht
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Book Description

Anthony Hecht, now in his eightieth year, has earned a place alongside such poets as W. H. Auden, Robert Frost, and Elizabeth Bishop. Here under one cover are his three most recent collections–The Transparent Man, Flight Among the Tombs, and The Darkness and the Light. The perfect companion to his Collected Earlier Poems (continuously in print since 1990), this book brings the eloquent sound of Hecht’s music to bear on a wide variety of human dramas: from a young woman dying of leukemia to the tangled love affairs of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; from Death as the director of Hollywood films to the unexpected image of Marcel Proust as a figure skater.

He glides with a gaining confidence, inscribes
Tentative passages, thinks again, backtracks,
Comes to a minute point,
Then wheels about in widening sweeps and lobes,
Large Palmer cursives and smooth entrelacs,
Preoccupied, intent

On a subtle, long-drawn style and pliant script
Incised with twin steel blades and qualified
Perfectly to express,
With arms flung wide or gloved hands firmly gripped
Behind his back, attentively, clear-eyed,
A glancing happiness.


From the Hardcover edition.


Editorial Reviews

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“Hecht’s highly formal poems sound majestic, orderly, and intense. He is one of the contemporary masters . . . of the high traditional English style . . . whatever poetry is supposed to do, it seldom gets more precise and articulate.”
–Peter Davison, Boston Globe

“Formal and exacting . . . [Hecht’s] elegant, insistent humanity, surfacing persistently like springs among the severe crags of his dark morality, will give his poetry life and interest long after the smoother pebbles of today’s more popular voices are washed to silence by the sea.”
–Cynthia Haven, Washington Post Book World

“Hecht is . . . one of the great synthesizers of the modern moment, a vistionary poet capable of conveying private experience in public forms . . . No other poet in English has fashioned such disillusioned beauty.”
–David Mason, The Weekly Standard

“This book is a magnificent addition to the library of any reader who still values verse.”
–John Mark Eberhart, Kansas City Star



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Anthony Hecht, now in his eightieth year, has earned a place alongside such poets as W. H. Auden, Robert Frost, and Elizabeth Bishop. Here under one cover are his three most recent collections?The Transparent Man, Flight Among the Tombs, and The Darkness and the Light. The perfect companion to his Collected Earlier Poems (continuously in print since 1990), this book brings the eloquent sound of Hecht?s music to bear on a wide variety of human dramas: from a young woman dying of leukemia to the tangled love affairs of A Midsummer Night?s Dream; from Death as the director of Hollywood films to the unexpected image of Marcel Proust as a figure skater.

He glides with a gaining confidence, inscribes
Tentative passages, thinks again, backtracks,
Comes to a minute point,
Then wheels about in widening sweeps and lobes,
Large Palmer cursives and smooth entrelacs,
Preoccupied, intent

On a subtle, long-drawn style and pliant script
Incised with twin steel blades and qualified
Perfectly to express,
With arms flung wide or gloved hands firmly gripped
Behind his back, attentively, clear-eyed,
A glancing happiness.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1143 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0375710302
  • Publisher: Knopf (March 4, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001ULOPQ8
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Hecht is a poet of elegance and clarity, of classical learned lines reflecting a rich personal experience. He is too someone who looks at life with a hard realism which comes from his not easy - life including second world- war combat and being one of the American soldiers who liberated the concentration camp Flossenburg.

He confronts the bitterness of desolate landscapes and makes of these meetings a music of deep poetic beauty.

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5.0 out of 5 stars late James of poetry January 23, 2010
Format:Paperback
I'll say this up front that I know of no English speaking poet in the second half of the twentieth century who, for the mastery of his craft, the depth of his psychological insight, and the gravity of view of the world, who even comes close to Anthony Hecht. As I say in the subject line, he is poetry's version of late Henry James, and one in possession of the wisdom of Sophocles. Perhaps it will take time to recognize the magnitude of his achievement, but it is surely written in the literary history to come.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Beware the Kindle edition August 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Someone--whether the publisher or Amazon I do not know--has comprehensively botched the Kindle edition of this marvelous book, scrambling Anthony Hecht's carefully-arranged verses in a way that would make the author cringe. Until the responsible parties fix this problem, admirers of Hecht's poetry shoud avoid the Kindle edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great service great product January 20, 2011
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Great service. Product in excellent condition. If you like poetry, this book will be a great addition to your library. In addition, the seller is spot on.
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