Anthony Evan Hecht
Anthony Evan Hecht Poems
- More Light! More Light! For Heinrich Blucher and Hannah ...
- A Letter I have been wondering What you are ...
- The End Of The Weekend A dying firelight slides along the ...
- Prospects We have set out from here for the sublime Pastures...
- Sarabande On Attaining The Age...
- Lot's Wife How simple the pleasures of those childhood ...
- The Dover Bitch: A Criticism O... So there stood Matthew ...
Anthony Evan Hecht was an American poet. His work combined a deep interest in form with a passionate desire to confront the horrors of 20th century history, with the Second World War, in which he fought, and the Holocaust being recurrent themes in his work.
Hecht was born in New York City to German-Jewish parents. He was educated at various schools in the city - he was a classmate of Jack Kerouac at one point - but showed no great academic ability, something he would later refer to as "conspicuous." However, as a freshman English student at Bard College in New York he discovered the works of Stevens,Auden, Eliot, and Dylan Thomas. It was at this ... more »
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More Light! More Light!
For Heinrich Blucher and Hannah Arendt
Composed in the Tower before his execution
These moving verses, and being brought at that time
Painfully to the stake, submitted, declaring thus:
"I implore my God to witness that I have made no crime."
Nor was he forsaken of courage, but the death was horrible,
The sack of gunpowder failing to ignite.
His legs were blistered sticks on which the black sap
Bubbled and burst as he howled for the Kindly Light.
And that was but one, and by no means one of he worst;
Permitted at least his pitiful dignity;
And such as ...