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Publisher Comments:

The poetry of Anthony Hecht has been praised by Harold Bloom and Ted Hughes, among others, for its sure control of difficult material and its unique music and visual precision. This new volume is the fruit of a mellowing maturity that carries with it a smoky bitterness, a flavor of ancient and experienced wisdom, as in this stanza from “Sarabande on Attaining the Age of Seventy-seven”:

A turn, a glide, a quarter-turn and bow,

The stately dance advances; these are airs

Bone-deep and numbing as I should know

by now,

Diminishing the cast, like musical chairs.

Hecht’s verse—by turns lyric and narrative, formal and free—is grounded in the compassion that comes from a deep understanding of every kind of human depredation, yet is tempered by flashes of wry comedy, and still more by innocent pleasure in the gifts of the natural world. Followers of his poetry will recognize an evolution of style in many of these poems—a quiet and understated voice, passing through darkness toward realms of delight.

Synopsis:

Anthony Hecht's latest collection of poetry, now in paperback, offers a piquant sense of life lived and catalogued by a mature sensibility. In a series of poems written in the voices of biblical characters, Hecht provides a timeless backdrop for his powerful contemporary reflections.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375709463
Author:
Hecht, Anthony
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
IMS-14
Publication Date:
July 2002
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
8.38x5.90x.30 in. .34 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Anthony Hecht's latest collection of poetry, now in paperback, offers a piquant sense of life lived and catalogued by a mature sensibility. In a series of poems written in the voices of biblical characters, Hecht provides a timeless backdrop for his powerful contemporary reflections.
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