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Originally published in 2003. 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.

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  1. Cover
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  1. New Copyright
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  1. Half Title
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  1. FM 1
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Epigraph
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  1. Contents
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  1. Half Title 1
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  1. Introduction
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  1. PART I
  1. Shakespeare and the Sonnet
  2. pp. 19-50
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  1. The Sonnet: Ruminations on Form, Sex, and History
  2. pp. 51-65
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  1. Sidney and the Sestina
  2. pp. 66-85
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  1. On Henry Noel’s “Gaze Not on Swans”
  2. pp. 86-91
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  1. PART II
  1. Technique in Housman
  2. pp. 95-105
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  1. On Hopkins’ “The Wreck of the Deutschland”
  2. pp. 106-121
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  1. Uncle Tom’s Shantih
  2. pp. 122-130
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  1. Paralipomena to The Hidden Law
  2. pp. 131-153
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  1. On Robert Frost’s “The Wood-Pile”
  2. pp. 154-158
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  1. Two Poems by Elizabeth Bishop
  2. pp. 159-171
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  1. Richard Wilbur: An Introduction
  2. pp. 172-176
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  1. Yehuda Amichai
  2. pp. 177-187
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  1. Charles Simic
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  1. Seamus Heaney’s Prose
  2. pp. 205-215
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  1. PART III
  1. Moby-Dick
  2. pp. 219-237
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  1. St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians
  2. pp. 238-251
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  1. On Rhyme
  2. pp. 252-274
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  1. The Music of Forms
  2. pp. 275-299
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  1. Acknowledgments
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421437385
Related ISBN
9781421437378
MARC Record
OCLC
1135426950
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-10
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Funder
Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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