Melodies Unheard: Essays on the Mysteries of Poetry

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JHU Press, 2003 - 304 páginas
In these essays, acclaimed poet and critic Anthony Hecht explores the ways in which poetry can be read and the many pleasures it affords. Ranging from Shakespeare's sonnets to Eliot, Frost, and Simic, Melodies Unheard offers profound insight into poetic form, meter, rhyme, and meaning--into the mysteries of poetry itself. Anthony Hecht's vast knowledge of literature and his gift for mesmerizing argument are both amply present in Melodies Unheard. Whether defending the sestina against accusations of boredom and dolefulness or examining the structure of Shakespeare's sonnets or unraveling some of the complexity of Moby-Dick, these essays are models of civility, candor, and grace. I know of no other poet, certainly none of Anthony Hecht's stature, who sheds as much light on the intricacies and hidden designs of poems and who does it with such style.--Mark Strand Anthony Hecht declares himself 'a poet first and only secondarily a critic, ' but Melodies Unheard proves again that he is a master in both trades. His discourse on such subjects as rhyme, the sestina, and 'the music of forms' is both scholarly and delightful; his articles on individual poets are finely done; and best of al
 

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"I see poetic gifts of a very high order passed by and neglected while other poets no more than unclothed emperors, are widely honored for their fine tailoring and natty style." So states Hecht ... Leer comentario completo

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Introduction
9
Shakespeare and the Sonnet
19
Ruminations on Form Sex and History
51
Sidney and the Sestina
66
On Henry Noels Gaze Not on Swans
86
Technique in Housman
95
On HopkinsThe Wreck of the Deutschland
106
Uncle Toms Shantih
122
Seamus Heaneys Prose
205
MobyDick
219
St Pauls Epistle to the Galatians
238
On Rhyme
252
The Music of Forms
275
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Anthony Hecht (1923-2004) was the author of seven poetry collections and several works of criticism. He was awarded the Pullizter Prize in 1968 for The Hard Hours and his other honors include the Bollingen Prize, the Eugenio Montale Award, the Ruth Lilly Prize, the Dorothea Tanning Award, and the Robert Frost Medal.

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