A Thickness of Particulars: The Poetry of Anthony Hecht

ISBN : 9780198828280

Jonathan F. S. Post
320 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Jul 2018
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A Thickness of Particulars: The Poetry of Anthony Hecht is the first book-length study of one of the great formal poets of the later twentieth century (1923-2004). Making use of Hecht's correspondence, which the author edited, it situates Hecht's writings in the context of pre- and post-World-War II verse, including poetry written by W. H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, James Merrill, and Richard Wilbur.


1 The Book of Yolek the Sestina, and the Tattoo
2 Circa 1950: Eclectic Hecht among the Nightingales
3 About Suffering: History, Domesticity, and the Making of The Hard Hours
4 Stretching Out, Looking Within: In Medias Res, with James Merrill
5 The Venetian Vespers: Full of the splendor of the insubstantial
6 A shutter angles out: Hecht's Ekphrastic Verse
7 Shechtspeare
8 Later Flourishings: The Transparent Man and Flight Among the Tombs
9 The Darkness and the Light and the Art of Reticence

About the author: 

Jonathan Post is Distinguished Professor of English at UCLA and teaches and writes primarily on early modern and modern and contemporary poetry. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester, studying primarily under Joseph Summers and Anthony Hecht. His interests include art, music, and literature. He was Chair of the UCLA English Department from 1990-1993, and has served several times as interim dean of Humanities. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment of the Humanities, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and The Bogliasco Foundation.

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