The Darkness and the Light: Poems
EPUB eISBN: 9780307483591
Original ebook: 2001
Electronic e-book: 2012
The poetry of Anthony Hecht has been praised by means of Harold Bloom and Ted Hughes, between others, for its convinced keep watch over of adverse fabric and its particular song and visible precision. This new quantity is the fruit of a mellowing adulthood that includes with it a smoky bitterness, a style of old and skilled knowledge, as during this stanza from "Sarabande on reaching the Age of Seventy-seven":
A flip, a flow, a quarter-turn and bow,
The stately dance advances; those are airs
Bone-deep and numbing as I should still know
by means of now,
Diminishing the solid, like musical chairs.
Hecht's verse--by turns lyric and narrative, formal and free--is grounded within the compassion that comes from a deep knowing of each type of human depredation, but is tempered by way of flashes of wry comedy, and nonetheless extra by means of blameless excitement within the presents of the wildlife. fans of his poetry will realize an evolution of favor in lots of of those poems--a quiet and understated voice, passing via darkness towards nation-states of delight.
About the Author-
Anthony Hecht is the writer of 7 books of poetry, between them The challenging Hours, which bought the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1968, and, extra lately, Flight one of the Tombs. In 1984 he acquired the Eugenio Montale Award for lifetime success in poetry, and in 2000 the Robert Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of the USA. He has written a severe examine of the poetry of W. H. Auden, and at the legislation of the Poetic artwork (Andrew W. Mellon Lectures within the nice Arts). He taught for a few years at Bard university, the collage of Rochester and Georgetown collage, and now lives in Washington, D.C.
Unpopular, Disdained by way of ladies, kept away from by means of different boys, An acned solitary. yet daring and surprising The lubricious desires that one of these one enjoys. He wandered aside, picked at his scabs, pinned down, within the plush, delirious Minsky’s of his brain, High-breasted, long-thighed sirens who served his personal negative lusts, to which they grew to become resigned, And he concept himself masterful and accursed As he pumped his flesh to climax, picturing wild Virgins imploring him to do his worst, and each.
Murderous vulgar males, they have to were. The citadel, background files, used to be by no means taken. it'd be worthy a trip in case you come. For a trifling thirty kroner you could ascend The turrets for a really incomparable view. From there our forests glance much like parsley And cress; there the wind enters your throat Like an iced mountain circulate. Piled the following and there you will discover pyramids of cannonballs within the nice courtyard, stacked like croquembouches, hot to touch the place the sunlight glances off.
Of Sodom’s ashen destiny; For me he closeted sweetness within the date, And gave to salt its delight in. Three delivers he gave, got here like 3 kings or angels to my door: His reasons hid In coiled and kerneled shop He planted as a seedling that may yield In my enfeebled years A miracle that might command my tears With piercings of the grave. “Old guy, behold.
no matter what it used to be, The soldier reslung his rifle on his shoulder, grew to become wordlessly and walked on down the line The departed German cars had taken. There a protracted silence, an extended silence. For years they lived jointly in that residence, via day-by-day projects, via the entire family members nutrition, In agonized, unviolated silence. The Witch of Endor I had the present, and arrived on the method That known as up spirits from the vasty deep To site visitors with our tumid flesh, to talk Of the unknown.
Undulating inconsistently within the pink sun just like the surfaces of Florentine bronze. at present of day Sounds carried essentially via sizzling silences of fading sunlight. The weedy fields lay drowned In odors of creosote and salt. Richer than double-colored taffeta, Oil floated within the harbor, Amoeboid, iridescent, limp. It known as to brain the slim limbs Of Donatello’s David. It was once stunning and she or he was once in love. they'd taken a lined boat to 1 of the islands. town sounds have been.