Melodies Unheard: Essays on the Mysteries of Poetry

Melodies Unheard: Essays on the Mysteries of Poetry

by Anthony Hecht
ISBN-10:
0801869560
ISBN-13:
2900801869562
Pub. Date:
06/01/2003
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
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Overview

Melodies Unheard: Essays on the Mysteries of Poetry

The fruit of a lifetime's reading and thinking about literature, its delights and its responsibilities, this book by acclaimed poet and critic Anthony Hecht explores the mysteries of poetry, offering profound insight into poetic form, meter, rhyme, and meaning. Ranging from Renaissance to contemporary poets, Hecht considers the work of Shakespeare, Sidney, and Noel; Housman, Hopkins, Eliot, and Auden; Frost, Bishop, and Wilbur; Amichai, Simic, and Heaney. Stepping back from individual poets, Hecht muses on rhyme and on meter, and also discusses St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians and Melville's Moby-Dick. Uniting these diverse subjects is Hecht's preoccupation with the careful deployment of words, the richness and versatility of language and of those who use it well.

Elegantly written, deeply informed, and intellectually playful, Melodies Unheard confirms Anthony Hecht's reputation as one of our most original and imaginative thinkers on the literary arts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900801869562
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2003
Series: Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

Table of Contents

Contents:

IntroductionPART I

Skakespeare and the Sonnet

The Sonnet: Ruminations on Form, Sex, and History

Sidney and the Sestina

On Henry Noel's "Gaze Not on Swans"PART II

Technique in Housman

On Hopkins' "The Wreck of the
Deutschland"

Uncle Tom's Shantih

Paralipomena to
The Hidden Law

On Robert Frost's "The Wood-Pile"

Two Poems by Elisabeth Bishop

Richard Wilbur: An Introduction

Yehuda Amichai

Charles Simic

Seamus Heaney's Prose
PART III

Moby-Dick

St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians

On Rhyme

The Music of Forms

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