By Anthony Hecht
“In its clear-eyed mercy towards human weak spot, Anthony Hecht’s poetry is going from energy to strength. The Venetian Vespers is instantly an severe corroboration and an plentiful extension of his refined, supple talents. not anything humane is alien to him… there's a handful of brief poems which are fostered alike via attractiveness and fear. however it is the 4 lengthy poems that determine Hecht as a poet of the widest apprehensions and comprehension, and this with no the gigantism that so haunts American poetic ambition.”
—Christopher Ricks, the recent York instances ebook Review
MILLIONS of wierd SHADOWS (1977)
“The excessive artistry of Anthony Hecht has been to nurture his personal present, and to paintings at it with the deliberateness and balance that it deserved from him... Emotional depth and formal strength have been mixed in Hecht from his beginnings… The thirty poems in Millions of wierd Shadows are all absolutely written, yet a number of really are the easiest he has released and are possibly to endure. some of the best 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,’ within which the poet John Clare gets a deeper interpretation than any critic has afforded him…”
—Harold Bloom, The New Republic
THE demanding HOURS (1968)
“Anthony Hecht’s first quantity of poems, A Summoning of Stones, confirmed him as essentially the most finished of his super finished generation. His paintings was once impressive sufficient for its classical poise and style, however it additionally had a weight which set it apart. on the grounds that then his poetry has come transparent in a course no one may have predicted…He did the main tough factor of all: this such a lot fastidious and stylish of poets shed each artifice and started to put in writing with absolute uncooked simplicity and directness. just a poet with a huge burden of whatever to assert ever desires of taking this direction, and in simple terms an encouraged artist can convey it off. the end result the following has been one of the most robust and unforgettable poems at the present being written in America,”
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