The Darkness and the Light: Poems

The Darkness and the Light: Poems

Anthony Hecht

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.

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