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Collected Earlier Poems

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“In its clear-eyed mercy toward human weakness, Anthony Hecht’s poetry goes from strength to strength. The Venetian Vespers is at once an intense corroboration and an ample extension of his subtle, supple talents. Nothing humane is alien to him… There is a handful of short poems that are fostered alike by beauty and fear. But it is the four long
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 25th 1992 by Knopf (first published July 7th 1990)
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I've actually read only Hard Hours and Venetian Vespers butthey are not listed on Goodreads as individual titles. I love Hecht. His precision, elegance, control are all reasons I go to him when I've read too many bad poems by people who really seem to have no aptitude for writing poetry.
Some of my favorite poems from high school/early college. Pretty grim stuff. I don't know anything about poetry, but Hecht seems to have such control over the meter and structure of his poems. Really fascinating.
Robert Reinhard
Along with the later poems, a treasure of craft, talent, dedication and imagination that makes you see how the tradition can always be renewed and practiced in the present.
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