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Author Hecht, Anthony, 1923-2004

Title Melodies unheard : essays on the mysteries of poetry / Anthony Hecht
Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019 (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
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Description 1 online resource (304 pages)
Series Johns Hopkins, poetry & fiction
Johns Hopkins, poetry and fiction
Contents Shakespeare and the sonnet -- The sonnet: ruminations on form, sex, and history -- Sidney and the sestina -- On Henry Noel's "Gaze not on swans" -- Technique in Housman -- On Hopkins' "The Wreck of the Deutschland" -- Uncle Tom's shantih -- Paralipomena to The Hidden law -- On Robert Frost's "The Wood-pile" -- Two poems by Elizabeth Bishop -- Richard Wilbur: an introduction -- Yehuda Amichai -- Charles Simic -- Seamus Heaney's prose -- Moby-Dick -- St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians -- On rhyme -- The music of forms
Summary The fruit of a lifetime's reading and thinking about literature, its delights and its responsibilities, this book by acclaimed poet and critic Anthony Hecht explores the mysteries of poetry, offering profound insight into poetic form, meter, rhyme, and meaning. Ranging from Renaissance to contemporary poets, Hecht considers the work of Shakespeare, Sidney, and Noel Housman, Hopkins, Eliot, and Auden Frost, Bishop, and Wilbur Amichai, Simic, and Heaney. Stepping back from individual poets, Hecht muses on rhyme and on meter, and also discusses St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians and Melville's Moby-Dick. Uniting these diverse subjects is Hecht's preoccupation with the careful deployment of words, the richness and versatility of language and of those who use it well
Analysis Englisch Lyrik Aufsatzsammlung
USA Lyrik Aufsatzsammlung
Notes Open access edition supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities Open Book Program
Originally published as Johns Hopkins Press in 2003
The text of this book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International License
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject American poetry -- History and criticism
English poetry -- History and criticism
American poetry.
English poetry.
Lyrik -- amerikanische.
Lyrik -- englische.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1421437384