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.

Aside from his career in poetry, Anthony Hecht has produced a short film called The Feast of Stephen in which Hecht highlights key aspects of bullies and also tackles homosexuality, which is all wrapped up in less than 10 minutes as the entire film length. This film provides an apt reflection on Hecht's literature and forges it into a completely new aspect of media.

Hecht has also achieved some valuable awards under his belt: notable ones are the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1966, which was won by his The Hard Hours, United States Poet Laureate in 1982, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize during 1988.

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