By Anthony Hecht
THE VENETIAN VESPERS (1979)
"In its clear-eyed mercy towards human weak spot, Anthony Hecht's poetry is going from energy to energy. The Venetian Vespers is right away an severe corroboration and an plentiful extension of his refined, supple skills. not anything humane is alien to him... there's a handful of brief poems which are fostered alike through good looks and worry. however it is the 4 lengthy poems that ensure Hecht as a poet of the widest apprehensions and comprehension, and this with out the gigantism that so haunts American poetic ambition."
--Christopher Ricks, the hot York occasions booklet Review
MILLIONS of odd SHADOWS (1977)
"The excessive artistry of Anthony Hecht has been to nurture his personal present, and to paintings at it with the deliberateness and stability that it deserved from him... Emotional depth and formal strength have been mixed in Hecht from his beginnings... The thirty poems in hundreds of thousands of wierd Shadows are all totally written, yet numerous really are the simplest he has released and are potentially to undergo. some of the best is 'Green: An Epistle,' that is a lesson in profound, managed subjectivity and self-revelation, an actual antithesis to the opaque squalors of 'confessional' poets. virtually both notable is 'Coming Home,' within which the poet John Clare gets a deeper interpretation than any critic has afforded him..."
--Harold Bloom, the hot Republic
THE demanding HOURS (1968)
"Anthony Hecht's first quantity of poems, A Summoning of Stones, confirmed him as the most comprehensive of his super comprehensive new release. His paintings used to be impressive sufficient for its classical poise and magnificence, however it additionally had a weight which set it aside. on account that then his poetry has come transparent in a path not anyone can have predicted...He did the main tricky factor of all: this such a lot fastidious and chic of poets shed each artifice and commenced to put in writing with absolute uncooked simplicity and directness. just a poet with an incredible burden of whatever to assert ever goals of taking this direction, and in basic terms an encouraged artist can deliver it off. the outcome the following has been the most strong and unforgettable poems at this time being written in America,"
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Al calore soffocante della festa solare della mia gioventù di ﬂussioni, a questa notte succeduta fra il fresco dell’aria mossa e la rugiada che imperlava di umide goccioline l’erba, mi dava il sollievo ristoratore e con slancio cantai la mia canzone. 38 Argentina 18419-Perricone_Poets 10/17/13 11:34 AM Page 39 English translations by Paul D’Agostino Nocturnal Howl from Summit Having completed its fest of lights, that drunk red crepuscule went far away into the profound abyss of its empire. The mad sun.
Then the weariness in the cold of the night, the calm. Stretching out on the iron ﬂooring, concentrating on the strange constellation ﬂeeing among light silver veils: and my whole life so similar to that blind fantastic irresistible rush coming back in bitter vehement streams. The moon now lighted the whole Pampas, deserted and even, in a deep silence. Only some clouds playing with the moon now and then, sudden shadows scurrying across the grassland and still a strange immense brightness in the great silence.
Bufano never wanted to reveal the name of his Italian birthplace because he wanted to be an Argentine poet in every sense of the word. He claimed to have been born in Guaymallén, in Mendoza, and only in a few rare poems does he refer vaguely to his true origins elsewhere. Nonetheless, his interest in the language and literature of his motherland is clearly reflected in some of his writings, such as in the essay “Misticos italianos de la Edad Media” (Italian Mystics of the Middle Ages). His translation into Spanish of the “Lauda donna del paradiso o Pianto della Madonna” (Lady of Heaven, or, The Lament of the Virgin) by Jacopone da Todi is exemplary.