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Anthony Hecht


Norman German

Anthony Hecht, a critical study, uses a variety of approaches in detailed analyses of the major poems of the 1968 Pulitzer Prize-winner in poetry. The book traces influence, illuminates individual poems via historical and biographical information, and identifies motifs such as «man's painful doubleness» and «extravagance» which define the world Hecht lives in. The poems are viewed as emblematic of the poet's struggle for equilibrium on the plank between the rocks of determinism and the swamp of mysticism.
Contents: Anthony Hecht, the first book-length study of the 1968 Pulitzer Prize-winner in poetry, groups Hecht's major poems under headings such as war experience, family life, and philosophical poems and, through a variety of critical approaches, provides detailed analyses of the poems.