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The Darkness and the Light: Poems

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The poetry of Anthony Hecht has been praised by Harold Bloom and Ted Hughes, among others, for its sure control of difficult material and its unique music and visual precision. This new volume is the fruit of a mellowing maturity that carries with it a smoky bitterness, a flavor of ancient and experienced wisdom, as in this stanza from “Sarabande on Attaining the Age of Se ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published July 9th 2002 by Knopf (first published June 12th 2001)
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This was his last collection. I had the good fortune to see him read from this at Chapters Bookstore, in Washington, DC. He was a real class act. We got the chance to ask him some questions at the end of the reading, and I asked him who he preferred, Donne or Herbert? I guess I asked a good one, because he paused for a moment, and then said that when he was younger, Donne, but as he was getting older, he found he preferred Herbert. (The reason I asked the question was because I had a copy of The ...more
Hecht's enthralling, there's just something about his works that gets the gears a'turnin' in my brain. This collection weaves crookedly, and had enough substance to dig my teeth into. I thoroughly sunk into it.
Clever, lots of myths and portrayals of fict-historical characters, which automatically puts most of these poems toward the top of my list.
Mr. Hecht is a formalist, but that shouldn't stop you, he's brilliant, witty, and skewed just enough to be illuminating.
Better than The Hard Hours and Millions of Strange Shadows. Still haven't read the Venetian Vespers though.
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