Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Although Edward Hirsch built his literary reputation on the basis of his stately neo-Romantic poetry, he widened his reading audience with the publication of two collections of essays in 1999. Responsive Reading is a collection of essays and book reviews analyzing the work of internationally renowned artists (mostly writers) who influenced Hirsch’s development as a poet. The best seller How to Read a Poem, and Fall in Love with Poetry is both an argument on behalf of the lyric as a significant mode of poetry and a textbook of poetic terms, movements, and subgenres. His The Demon and the Angel: Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration (2002) consists of essays on what moves artists to create their works. In Poet’s Choice (2006), Hirsch collected the columns on poetry that he wrote for The Washington Post Book World.