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Seven Against Thebes
Aeschylus
0195070070
Jan 1991
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Book Description
The formidable talents of Anthony Hecht, one of the most gifted of contemporary American poets, and Helen Bacon, a classical scholar, are here brought to bear on this vibrant translation of Aeschylus' much underrated tragedy The Seven Against Thebes. The third and only remaining play in a
trilogy dealing with related events, The Seven Against Thebes tells the story of the Argive attempt to claim the Kingdom of Thebes, and of the deaths of the brothers Eteocles and Polyneices, each by the others hand. Long dismissed by critics as ritualistic and lacking in dramatic tension, Seven
Against Thebes is revealed by Hecht and Bacon as a work of great unity and drama, one exceptionally rich in symbolism and imagery.

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Text: English (translation)
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Anthony Hecht in Conversation with Philip Hoy
Philip Hoy
1903291151
October 2004
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Collected Earlier Poems
Anthony Hecht
0679733574
January 1992
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From Library Journal
A renegade in his own way, Hecht is the top formalist at work in America today.Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


A Part of Speech
Joseph Brodsky
0374516332
Apr 1985
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Book Description
A Part of Speech contains poems from the years 1965-1978, translated by various hands.


Collected Later Poems
Anthony Hecht
0375710302
April 2005
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Review
“Hecht’s highly formal poems sound majestic, orderly, and intense. He is one of the contemporary masters . . . of the high traditional English style . . . whatever poetry is supposed to do, it seldom gets more precise and articulate.”
–Peter Davison, Boston Globe

“Formal and exacting . . . [Hecht’s] elegant, insistent humanity, surfacing persistently like springs among the severe crags of his dark morality, will give his poetry life and interest long after the smoother pebbles of today’s more popular voices are washed to silence by the sea.”
–Cynthia Haven, Washington Post Book World

“Hecht is . . . one of the great synthesizers of the modern moment, a vistionary poet capable of conveying private experience in public forms . . . No...


Collected Later Poems
Anthony Hecht
1400041384
September 2003
Hardcover
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Review
“Hecht’s highly formal poems sound majestic, orderly, and intense. He is one of the contemporary masters . . . of the high traditional English style . . . whatever poetry is supposed to do, it seldom gets more precise and articulate.”
–Peter Davison, Boston Globe

“Formal and exacting . . . [Hecht’s] elegant, insistent humanity, surfacing persistently like springs among the severe crags of his dark morality, will give his poetry life and interest long after the smoother pebbles of today’s more popular voices are washed to silence by the sea.”
–Cynthia Haven, Washington Post Book World

“Hecht is . . . one of the great synthesizers of the modern moment, a vistionary poet capable of conveying private experience in public forms . . . No...


Darkness and the Light: Poems
Anthony Hecht
0375411941
June 2001
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
"Look deep into my eyes. Think to yourself,/ `There is "the fringŠd curtain" where a play/ will shortly be enacted.' Look deep down/ into the pupil. Think, `I am going to sleep.'" While a certain kind of play is certainly being enacted in this eighth collection (since Hecht's 1954's debut A Summoning of Stones), few readers will have the latter reaction. Hecht's has always tempered his fussy, Edward Gorey-like diction with camp-destroying earnest allusion, wry humor ("the ring-a-ding Ding-an-Sich") and a palpable sense of entitlement. These 44 short lyrics are quintessential late work alternatingly fiery and melancholy, looking back over past darkness and strife to a promise of light and rest, and to a personal pantheon (Baudelaire, Horace, Goethe) represented here in nine translations. Yet the book is...


The Sonnets
G. Blakemore Evans
0521222257
June 1996
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Shakespeare is again the hottest ticket in town: he has been voted the person of the millennium in Great Britain, while an Oscar-nominated film about his love life is burning up box offices. Along with being the world's greatest playwright, his unparalleled genius for rhyme and meter make him also one of the greatest poets, evidenced by the 154 sonnets he penned throughout his life. This beautiful hardcover offers them all, with illustrations and an index of first lines. A real top-shelf edition.Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"...an excelent choice..." --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Darkness and the Light: Poems
Anthony Hecht
0375709460
July 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
"Look deep into my eyes. Think to yourself,/ `There is "the fringŠd curtain" where a play/ will shortly be enacted.' Look deep down/ into the pupil. Think, `I am going to sleep.'" While a certain kind of play is certainly being enacted in this eighth collection (since Hecht's 1954's debut A Summoning of Stones), few readers will have the latter reaction. Hecht's has always tempered his fussy, Edward Gorey-like diction with camp-destroying earnest allusion, wry humor ("the ring-a-ding Ding-an-Sich") and a palpable sense of entitlement. These 44 short lyrics are quintessential late work alternatingly fiery and melancholy, looking back over past darkness and strife to a promise of light and rest, and to a personal pantheon (Baudelaire, Horace, Goethe) represented here in nine translations. Yet the book is...


The Sonnets
William Shakespeare
0521294037
Apr 1996
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Shakespeare is again the hottest ticket in town: he has been voted the person of the millennium in Great Britain, while an Oscar-nominated film about his love life is burning up box offices. Along with being the world's greatest playwright, his unparalleled genius for rhyme and meter make him also one of the greatest poets, evidenced by the 154 sonnets he penned throughout his life. This beautiful hardcover offers them all, with illustrations and an index of first lines. A real top-shelf edition.Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Audiofile
"...an excelent choice..." --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Unarmed and Dangerous: New and Selected Poems
Wyatt Prunty
0801873762
February 2003
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The New York Times Book Review, Melanie Rehak
He has an exquisite hold on life. And in Unarmed and Dangerous he displays an inherent understanding of the fact that comedy and tragedy, both on the page and off, coexist more often than not. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review
"There are vast expanses of ordinary fabric, bejeweled by moments of existential clarity... Prunty holds everyday experience up to the light in such a way that it seems anything but. He has an exquisite hold on life." -- Melanie Rehak, New York Times Book Review
"A distinct and distinctive voice... best looked at not amongst his peers but in the light of an earlier generation of elegant formalists, from Anthony Hecht, Richard Wilbur, and James Merrill, to the less well-known Edgar...


Flight Among the Tombs: Poems
Anthony Hecht
0679765921
January 1998
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Book Review
Flight Among the Tombs, Anthony Hecht's sixth book of poems published since 1954, shows one of America's foremost poets working at the top of his form. Part scholar, part circus ringmaster, Hecht calls our attention to three rings of his erudition: classical wit, Renaissance energy, and contemporary doubt. A fragment of Christopher Smart provides the book's title, but George Herbert, in whose clever prosodic vineyards Hecht has long labored, casts the book's longest shadow. The first half contains lyrical poems in which Death--both scythe-hauling figure and physical phenomenon--speaks as the central character inside a collage of masks: carnival barker, film director, society lady, member of the Harlem Guild of St. Luke, and, of course, poet. Hilarious and creepy, the poems combine Hecht's late-modernist sense of...


Melodies Unheard: Essays on the Mysteries of Poetry
Anthony Hecht
0801882664
October 2005
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Review
"This book is full of small, enjoyable revelations." -- Dinitia Smith, New York Times Book Review
"[Hecht] not only illuminates overlooked gems such as Henry Noel's 'Gaze Not on Swans,' praising its combined sensuality of sound and image, but also pries into standards such as Eliot's The Waste Land and Frost's 'The Wood-Pile' to unearth startling interpretations... Hecht's insights are too numerous to mention, for he touches on every aspect of poetry while exhausting none... This wonderful, instructive volume will engage all lovers of fine poetry." -- Library Journal (starred review)
"In the role of critic, Hecht scrutinizes the work of others closely, revealing wonders that might easily be missed even by a reasonably diligent interpretation... the book is mined with stimulating theories and fresh observations." --...


Words Brushed by Music
John T. Irwin
0801880289
Nov 2004
Hardcover
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Review
"Recommended for contemporary poetry collections." -- Library Journal

Book Description
Over the past twenty-five years, the Johns Hopkins Poetry and Fiction series has published thirty-one volumes of poetry, beginning in 1979 with John Hollander's Blue Wine and Other Poems. The series was launched with two guiding principles: to publish works of poetry exhibiting formal excellence and strong emotional appeal and to publish writers at all stages of their careers. Words Brushed by Music gathers the best poems of the past twenty-five years, works that exhibit extraordinary wit, elegance, wisdom born of experience, and mastery of language. Sometimes comic, always moving, these poems reflect the talent of twenty distinctive voices: John Bricuth, John Burt, Thomas Carper, Philip Dacey, Tom...


Melodies Unheard: Essays on the Mysteries of Poetry
Anthony Hecht
0801869560
June 2003
Hardcover
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Review
"This book is full of small, enjoyable revelations." -- Dinitia Smith, New York Times Book Review
"[Hecht] not only illuminates overlooked gems such as Henry Noel's 'Gaze Not on Swans,' praising its combined sensuality of sound and image, but also pries into standards such as Eliot's The Waste Land and Frost's 'The Wood-Pile' to unearth startling interpretations... Hecht's insights are too numerous to mention, for he touches on every aspect of poetry while exhausting none... This wonderful, instructive volume will engage all lovers of fine poetry." -- Library Journal (starred review)
"In the role of critic, Hecht scrutinizes the work of others closely, revealing wonders that might easily be missed even by a reasonably diligent interpretation... the book is mined with stimulating theories and fresh observations." --...

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