By Anthony Hecht
THE VENETIAN VESPERS (1979)
"In its clear-eyed mercy towards human weak spot, Anthony Hecht's poetry is going from energy to power. The Venetian Vespers is right now an extreme corroboration and an abundant extension of his sophisticated, supple abilities. not anything humane is alien to him... there's a handful of brief poems which are fostered alike via good looks and worry. however it is the 4 lengthy poems that determine Hecht as a poet of the widest apprehensions and comprehension, and this with no the gigantism that so haunts American poetic ambition."
--Christopher Ricks, the recent York occasions e-book Review
MILLIONS of wierd SHADOWS (1977)
"The excessive artistry of Anthony Hecht has been to nurture his personal reward, and to paintings at it with the deliberateness and balance that it deserved from him... Emotional depth and formal strength have been mixed in Hecht from his beginnings... The thirty poems in hundreds of thousands of wierd Shadows are all totally written, yet numerous actually are the simplest he has released and are in all likelihood to suffer. the superior is 'Green: An Epistle,' that's a lesson in profound, managed subjectivity and self-revelation, a precise antithesis to the opaque squalors of 'confessional' poets. nearly both extraordinary is 'Coming Home,' within which the poet John Clare gets a deeper interpretation than any critic has afforded him..."
--Harold Bloom, the recent Republic
THE not easy HOURS (1968)
"Anthony Hecht's first quantity of poems, A Summoning of Stones, tested him as probably the most complete of his super entire new release. His paintings was once amazing sufficient for its classical poise and magnificence, however it additionally had a weight which set it aside. given that then his poetry has come transparent in a course no one may have predicted...He did the main tricky factor of all: this such a lot fastidious and stylish of poets shed each artifice and started to write down with absolute uncooked simplicity and directness. just a poet with an enormous burden of anything to assert ever goals of taking this path, and simply an encouraged artist can convey it off. the end result right here has been probably the most robust and unforgettable poems at the moment being written in America,"