True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound
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True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound

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True Friendshiplooks closely at three outstanding poets of the past half-century—Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell—through the lens of their relation to their two predecessors in genius, T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound. The critical attention then finds itself reciprocated, with Eliot and Pound being in their turn contemplated anew through the lenses of their succ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Yale University Press (first published 2010)
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Jee Koh
It is nearly impossible to summarize True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound. Its method is one of accretion, of numerous small verbal echoes that may not appear much on their own, but add up to a profound and persuasive thesis. In this Ricks follows, as he acknowledges, Eliot whose critical idea it is. In this also Ricks follows, I think, the poets' working method, which lives on a predecessor's words and in turn gives life to them. Aud...more
Liam Guilar
There's something preposterous about rating a book like this on a scale of one to five stars.

I don't know Hecht's poetry well enough to gauge the middle lecture and the final one loses sight of Lowell and explores the relationships of Pound and Eliot to Dante which was fine by me. There's already a fine review of this on goodreads by Jee Koh to which I'd only add that at time Ricks stretches the readers' credulity in his readings. I"m not sure I buy the Hill-Larkin-Horses link, but Ricks defend...more
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Enticingly reviewed here: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/cd8d2fa6-bc...
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Sir Christopher Bruce Ricks, FBA, is a British literary critic and scholar. He is the William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University (U.S.) and Co-Director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University, and was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford (England) from 2004 to 2009. He is the immediate past-president of the Association of Literary Scholars and...more
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