Part of Nature, Part of Us: Modern American Poets

Part of Nature, Part of Us: Modern American Poets

by Helen Vendler, Helen H. Vendler
     
 

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Join Professor Helen Vendler in her course lecture on the Yeats poem "Among School Children". View her insightful and passionate analysis along with a condensed reading and student comments on the course.

The poets nearest to us in time often seem the most remote and difficult. Helen Vendler closes the distance. She keeps the poet in view not only as thinker and

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Join Professor Helen Vendler in her course lecture on the Yeats poem "Among School Children". View her insightful and passionate analysis along with a condensed reading and student comments on the course.

The poets nearest to us in time often seem the most remote and difficult. Helen Vendler closes the distance. She keeps the poet in view not only as thinker and artist, but as a man or woman whose humanity never disappears in her analysis. With her penetrating critical gift, Vendler assesses American poets from T. S. Eliot to Charles Wright.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Anatole Broyard
Helen Vendler puts herself entirely at the service of the poets she is talking about. Although she writes too well to be invisible, she does not compete or pontificate either...What she does is to offer the poetry to you.
New Republic - William H. Pritchard
Helen Vendler is the best poetry reviewer in America. Her virtues are a rigorous attending to verbal structure and texture; the ability to quote appositely and economically; a sure though not a too-exclusive taste; above all, the ability to do the poem one better by putting into words the relevant responses we might have had if we'd been smarter and more feeling...In her brilliant fusion of reviewing and criticism [she] is the legitimate successor to P. R. Blackmur and Randall Jarrell.
New York Review of Books - Irvin Ehrenpreis
Vendler exhibits in abundance the qualities our poets long for, virtues that make the essays and reviews here collected useful to everybody concerned with the nation's culture. High among these virtues is the fullness of Vendler's sympathy with the poets whose work she examines, but even prior to that gift there is her point of view.
Boston Globe - Richard Dyer
Part of Nature, Part of Us is a book that asks to be reread until it is completely possessed--like a poem. It is significant not only for what Helen Vendler finds in poetry, but for what she brings to it; what she sees in what she reads and what she shows to us is a function of who she is. In all that she writes it is manifest that Helen Vendler reads new poems with knowledge and intelligence and passion and wit and warmth; she comes out to greet them. Because of that, she herself becomes a writer to whom one can return for a sense of life.
New York Times
Helen Vendler puts herself entirely at the service of the poets she is talking about. Although she writes too well to be invisible, she does not compete or pontificate either...What she does is to offer the poetry to you.
— Anatole Broyard
New Republic
Helen Vendler is the best poetry reviewer in America. Her virtues are a rigorous attending to verbal structure and texture; the ability to quote appositely and economically; a sure though not a too-exclusive taste; above all, the ability to do the poem one better by putting into words the relevant responses we might have had if we'd been smarter and more feeling...In her brilliant fusion of reviewing and criticism [she] is the legitimate successor to P. R. Blackmur and Randall Jarrell.
— William H. Pritchard
Boston Globe
Part of Nature, Part of Us is a book that asks to be reread until it is completely possessed--like a poem. It is significant not only for what Helen Vendler finds in poetry, but for what she brings to it; what she sees in what she reads and what she shows to us is a function of who she is. In all that she writes it is manifest that Helen Vendler reads new poems with knowledge and intelligence and passion and wit and warmth; she comes out to greet them. Because of that, she herself becomes a writer to whom one can return for a sense of life.
— Richard Dyer
New York Review of Books
Vendler exhibits in abundance the qualities our poets long for, virtues that make the essays and reviews here collected useful to everybody concerned with the nation's culture. High among these virtues is the fullness of Vendler's sympathy with the poets whose work she examines, but even prior to that gift there is her point of view.
— Irvin Ehrenpreis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674654761
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1980
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
0.87(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Meet the Author

Helen Vendler is A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard University.

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