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Hecht, Anthony 1923-2004

Works: 224 works in 539 publications in 3 languages and 17,560 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Records and correspondence  Poetry  Biography  Musical settings  Bibliography  Interviews  Juvenile works  Music 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Signer, Speaker, Performer, Other, Lyricist, Librettist
Classifications: PS3558.E28, 811.54
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Most widely held works by Anthony Hecht
Seven against Thebes by Aeschylus( Book )

17 editions published between 1973 and 1991 in English and held by 1,368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
The hard hours : poems by Anthony Hecht( Book )

31 editions published between 1964 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Venetian vespers : poems by Anthony Hecht( Book )

12 editions published between 1979 and 1984 in English and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The hidden law : the poetry of W.H. Auden by Anthony Hecht( Book )

11 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this study - the fruit of a lifelong critical and imaginative engagement with W H. Auden's works - Anthony Hecht identifies and traces consistent habits of thought and belief within the poet's extensive and varied writings and through his celebrated conversions and repudiations, literary and otherwise. Hecht acknowledges that Auden's poems "both invite the intrusive scrutiny of the cryptographer and deny him access." Yet the readings he offers of poems from every phase of Auden's career, along with dramatic works and critical essays, manage to explicate and illuminate Auden's rich (and often cryptic) allusiveness without murdering to dissect. Among the themes that connect Auden's works are his deep interest in the workings of language; his notion of the ultimate frivolity of art; his interest in the nature of heroism; his understanding of the relation of public to private life; the development of his religious thought; and what Auden called the "hidden law" that governs human existence - a strict and retaliatory force, something like poetic justice, that gives form to our best literature and shapes our personal fates. Hecht identifies these preoccupations in Auden's work - and shows how they cut across the many genres in which he wrote - without losing sight of each poem's individual history and context. As one of Auden's most distinguished poetic heirs, Anthony Hecht is uniquely qualified to illuminate both the reading and the writing of these essential works of twentieth-century literature
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new edition focuses on the Sonnets as poetry - sometimes strikingly individual poems, but often subtly interlinked in thematic, imagistic and other groupings. Gwynne Evans and Anthony Hecht also address the many questions that cast a veil of mystery over the genesis of the Sonnets: to what extent are they autobiographical? What is the nature of the 'love', strongly expressed, between the 'poet', the 'youth' and the 'Dark Lady'? Can they, apart from the poet, be
Melodies unheard : essays on the mysteries of poetry by Anthony Hecht( Book )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Millions of strange shadows : poems by Anthony Hecht( Book )

14 editions published between 1977 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Obbligati : essays in criticism by Anthony Hecht( Book )

4 editions published in 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected earlier poems : the complete texts of The hard hours, Millions of strange shadows, The Venetian vespers by Anthony Hecht( Book )

22 editions published between 1990 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

THE VENETIAN VESPERS (1979) "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 poems that confirm Hecht as a poet of the widest apprehensions and comprehension, and this without the gigantism that so haunts American poetic ambition." 'Christopher Ricks, The New York Times Book Review MILLIONS OF STRANGE SHADOWS (1977) "The high artistry of Anthony Hecht has been to nurture his own gift, and to work at it with the deliberateness and steadiness that it deserved from him... Emotional intensity and formal power were combined in Hecht from his beginnings The thirty poems in Millions of Strange Shadows are all fully written, but several truly are the best he has published and are very likely to endure. The very best is 'Green: An Epistle,' which is a lesson in profound, controlled subjectivity and self-revelation, an exact antithesis to the opaque squalors of 'confessional' poets. Almost equally remarkable is 'Coming Home,' in which the poet John Clare receives a deeper interpretation than any critic has afforded him" 'Harold Bloom, The New Republic THE HARD HOURS (1968) "Anthony Hecht's first volume of poems, A Summoning of Stones, established him as one of the most accomplished of his extremely accomplished generation. His work was remarkable enough for its classical poise and elegance, but it also had a weight which set it apart. Since then his poetry has come clear in a direction nobody could have predictedHe did the most difficult thing of all: this most fastidious and elegant of poets shed every artifice and began to write with absolute raw simplicity and directness. Only a poet with an immense burden of something to say ever dreams of taking this course, and only an inspired artist can bring it off. The result here has been some of the most powerful and unforgettable poems at present being written in America," 'Ted Hughes
The darkness and the light : poems by Anthony Hecht( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Throughout, there is a poignant sense of life lived and catalogued by a mature sensibility. As Hecht writes with clear-eyed grace in "Sarabande on Attaining the Age of Seventy-Seven"
The transparent man : poems by Anthony Hecht( Book )

11 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Flight among the tombs : poems by Anthony Hecht( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poetry of death. In Death of the Oxford Don, he writes: "Acquiring over years the appetite / And feeding habits of a parasite, / I live off the cold corpus of fine print, / Habited with black robes and heart of flint, / The word made flesh for me and me alone. / I gnaw and gnaw the satisfactory bone." With wood engravings by Leonard Baskin
On the laws of the poetic art by Anthony Hecht( Book )

8 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these engaging lectures, the eminent poet Anthony Hecht explores the art of poetry in its own right and in relation to the other fine arts. While the problems he treats entail both philosophic and theoretical discussion, he never allows abstract speculation to overshadow his respect for and delight in the written texts that he introduces - or in the specific examples of painting and music to which he refers. After discussing the links between literature (with special reference to poetry) and painting, and between literature and music, Hecht investigates the theme of paradise and wilderness, especially but not exclusively in The Tempest. He then turns to the question of public and private art: the ways in which all the arts participate in "equivocal and curious balances between private and public modes of discourse," between an exclusive or elitist role and the openly political
Collected later poems by Anthony Hecht( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anthony Hecht, now in his eightieth year, has earned a place alongside such poets as W. H. Auden, Robert Frost, and Elizabeth Bishop. Here under one cover are his three most recent collections'The Transparent Man, Flight Among the Tombs, and The Darkness and the Light. The perfect companion to his Collected Earlier Poems (continuously in print since 1990), this book brings the eloquent sound of Hecht's music to bear on a wide variety of human dramas: from a young woman dying of leukemia to the tangled love affairs of A Midsummer Night's Dream; from Death as the director of Hollywood films to the unexpected image of Marcel Proust as a figure skater. He glides with a gaining confidence, inscribes Tentative passages, thinks again, backtracks, Comes to a minute point, Then wheels about in widening sweeps and lobes, Large Palmer cursives and smooth entrelacs, Preoccupied, intent On a subtle, long-drawn style and pliant script Incised with twin steel blades and qualified Perfectly to express, With arms flung wide or gloved hands firmly gripped Behind his back, attentively, clear-eyed, A glancing happiness. From the Hardcover edition
Second sight : poems by Jonathan Aaron( Book )

3 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jiggery-pokery : a compendium of double dactyls( Book )

3 editions published between 1967 and 1983 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A parable of death. Ein Märchen vom Tod. For narrator, chorus, tenor solo, and orchestra by Lukas Foss( )

8 editions published between 1952 and 1953 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eve names the animals by Susan Donnelly( Book )

4 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emily Dickinson( Visual )

8 editions published between 1986 and 2000 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the life and work of American poet Emily Dickinson. Richard B. Sewall, Adrienne Rich, Anthony Hecht, and Joyce Carol Oates discuss her achievement, separating the facts of her life from the myths that grew up around her. Also includes a reading of her poetry by Jane Alexander
The classic hundred poems( Recording )

2 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the top 100 poems of all time as determined by a consensus of over 1,000 compilers. Includes notes by the editor on the historical period in which each author lived and the author's choice of verse form, tone, and style
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Alternative Names
Hecht, Anthony E. 1923-2004

Khekt, Ėntoni 1923-2004

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German (1)

French (1)

The hidden law : the poetry of W.H. AudenThe SonnetsMelodies unheard : essays on the mysteries of poetryCollected earlier poems : the complete texts of The hard hours, Millions of strange shadows, The Venetian vespersThe darkness and the light : poemsFlight among the tombs : poemsOn the laws of the poetic artCollected later poems