Samuel Menashe has won critical recognition for being one of the most individual and daring poets of his time. Eschewing all the poetic fashions of his day, Menashe writes a tightly chiseled verse that nevertheless is full of visionary experience and intensity. Poets and critics as diverse as Hugh Kenner, Donald Davie, Austin Clarke, Christopher Ricks, Dana Gioia, Stephen Spender, and Kathleen Raine have called attention to Menashe as a demanding and exemplary poet. Until 2005, Menashe had achieved more popularity in Great Britain and in Ireland than in the United States. Menashe does not participate particularly in any one national tradition; to him, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Emily Dickinson are equally important as precursors. To an unusual degree, Menashe has created a demanding, radically personal body of poetry that speaks to essential issues of human experience and cognition.