Anthony Hecht Poetry: American Poets Analysis - Essay

Anthony Hecht Poetry: American Poets Analysis

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Terms such as “baroque,” “neoclassical,” “meditative,” “realistic,” “manneristic,” “metaphysical,” and “pessimistic” as well as “optimistic” have been used to describe Anthony Hecht’s poetry. These varying descriptions reflect not so much transitions in the course of his poetry as the depth and complexity of his work. His poems are unpretentiously finely wrought, reflecting his interest in Greek and Roman poetry and seventeenth century poetry in addition to the work of the generation of poets that directly preceded him, including such writers as Ransom, Tate, and W. H. Auden. Hecht has also translated poems by writers including Joseph Brodsky, Charles Baudelaire, Guillaume Apollinaire, Voltaire,...

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