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Published: 26 January 2016

288 Pages | 5 black-and-white halftones

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780199660711

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A Thickness of Particulars

The Poetry of Anthony Hecht

Jonathan F. S. Post

  • The first full overview, and detailed understanding, 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 someone 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, thus adding to our growing knowledge of an important group of American poets.