Journals Higher Education



Published: 26 January 2016

288 Pages | 5 illus.

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780199660711

Bookseller Code (01)

A Thickness of Particulars

The Poetry of Anthony Hecht

Jonathan Post

  • The first full overview of the poetry written by one of the great formal poets of the second half of the twentieth century
  • Takes advantage of Hecht's many letters and other information in the Hecht Archive to illuminate the poems as well as the author
  • The critic's particular expertise in earlier literature allows for a deep reading of many of the literary sources that meant the most to the poet, including Shakespeare and Milton
  • Individual chapters on two of Hecht's greatest poems: "The Book of Yolek" and "The Venetian Vespers"
  • Written by a scholar who knew the poet over a long period of time and seeks to situate Hecht among his post-World War II peers, including Merrill and Wilbur