Anthony Hecht: Selected Poems Background

Anthony Hecht: Selected Poems Background

Anthony Hecht was a leading poet who was born in New York City during 1923. He died during 2004. His linguistic approach features the stylings of French literature, Greek mythology and drama, as well as English poetry. Some inspirational figures of Hecht's poetic work include Wallace Stevens and John Donne. Hecht often took a traditional approach to crafting his poetry.

His collection includes titles such as "It Out-Herods Herod. Pray You, Avoid It," "More Light, More Light," "Much Casual Death," and "Third Avenue in Sunlight." In his volume of poems titled The Hard Hours (1967), Hecht gives readers an inside look into the unsettling experiences he endured as a soldier in Europe during World War II. His candid and fluid display of human nature's horrific ways is considered a trademark of his poetic abilities.