Anthony Evan Hecht (16 January 1923 - 20 October 2004 / New York)
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 ... more »
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- A Hill
- A Letter
- After The Rain [for W. D. Snodgrass]
- An Old Malediction
- Birdwatchers Of America
- Chorus From Oedipus At Colonos
- Clair de Lune
- Curriculum Vitae
- Death The Mexican Revolutionary
- Eclogue Of The Shepherd And The Townie
- It Out-Herods Herod. Pray You, Avoid It.
- Late Afternoon: The Onslaught Of Love
- Lizards And Snakes
- Lot's Wife
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''It's all very well to dream of a dove that saves,Anthony Hecht (b. 1923), U.S. poet. Birdwatchers of America (l. 1-4). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxfo...
Picasso's or the Pope's
The one that annually coos in Our Lady's ear
Half the world's hopes,''
''The air was clear. He seemed in ultimate peaceAnthony Hecht (b. 1923), U.S. poet. Birdwatchers of America (l. 21-24). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Ox...
Except that he had no eyes. Rigid and bright
Upon the forehead, furred
With a light frost, crouched an outrageous bird.''
''And in their fairy talesAnthony Hecht (b. 1923), U.S. poet. It Out-Herods Herod. Pray You, Avoid It (l. 5-8). . . Oxford Book of Contemporary Verse, The, 1945-1980. D. J....
The warty giant and witch
Get sealed in doorless jails
And the match-girl strikes it rich.''
''And that their sleep be soundAnthony Hecht (b. 1923), U.S. poet. It Out-Herods Herod. Pray You, Avoid It (l. 33-36). . . Oxford Book of Contemporary Verse, The, 1945-1980. D. ...
I say this childermas
Who could not, at one time,
Have saved them from the gas.''