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Vendler, Helen 1933-

Overview
Works: 195 works in 608 publications in 2 languages and 29,699 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography  Biography  Poetry 
Roles: Editor, Interviewer, Author of introduction, Redactor, Speaker
Classifications: PR502, 821.009
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Most widely held works by Helen Vendler
The art of Shakespeare's sonnets by Helen Vendler ( Book )
34 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and German and held by 2,167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In detailed commentaries on Shakespeare's 154 sonnets, the author reveals previously unperceived imaginative and stylistic features of the poems, pointing out not only new levels of import in particular lines, but also the ways in which the four parts of each sonnet work together to enact emotion and create dynamic effect
The Harvard book of contemporary American poetry ( Book )
12 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and held by 1,871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An anthology of American poetry containing the work of major poets, introducing many newer writers, and including brief biographies of the poets in an appendix
Poets thinking : Pope, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats by Helen Vendler ( )
12 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 1,854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Poetry has often been considered an irrational genre, more expressive than logical, more meditative than given to coherent argument. And yet, in each of the four different poets she considers here, Helen Vendler reveals a style of thinking in operation; although they may prefer different means, she argues, all poets of any value are thinkers." "The four poets taken up in this volume - Alexander Pope, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and William Butler Yeats - come from three centuries and three nations, and their styles of thinking are characteristically idiosyncratic. Vendler shows us Pope performing as a satiric miniaturizer, remaking in verse the form of the essay, Whitman writing as a poet of repetitive insistence for whom thinking must be followed by rethinking, Dickinson experimenting with plot to characterize life's unfolding, and Yeats thinking in images, using montage in lieu of argument." "Vendler traces through these poets' lines to find evidence of thought in lyric, the silent stylistic measures representing changes of mind, the condensed power of poetic thinking. Her work argues against the reduction of poetry to its (frequently well-worn) themes and demonstrates, instead, that there is always in admirable poetry a strenuous process of thinking, evident in an evolving style - however ancient the theme - that is powerful and original."--BOOK JACKET
Part of nature, part of us : modern American poets by Helen Vendler ( Book )
22 editions published between 1980 and 1996 in English and held by 1,807 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of book reviews and essays on more than forty modern American poets
Last looks, last books Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, Merrill by Helen Vendler ( )
8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Last Looks, Last Books, the eminent critic Helen Vendler examines the ways in which five great modern American poets, writing their final books, try to find a style that does justice to life and death alike. With traditional religious consolations no longer available to them, these poets must invent new ways to express the crisis of death, as well as the paradoxical coexistence of a declining body and an undiminished consciousness. In The Rock, Wallace Stevens writes simultaneous narratives of winter and spring; in Ariel, Sylvia Plath sustains melodrama in cool formality; and in Day by Day
On extended wings : Wallace Stevens' longer poems by Helen Vendler ( Book )
32 editions published between 1969 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Though Wallace Stevens' shorter poems are perhaps his best known, his longer poems, Helen Hennessy Vendler suggests in this book, deserve equal fame and equal consideration. Stevens' central theme--the worth of the imagination--remained with him all his life, and Vendler therefore proposes that his development as a poet can best be seen, not in description--which must be repetitive--of the abstract bases of his work, but rather in a view of his changing styles. The author presents here a chronological account of fourteen longer poems that span a thirty-year period, showing, through Stevens' experiments in genre, diction, syntax, voice, imagery, and meter, the inventive variety of Stevens' work in long forms, and providing at the same time a coherent reading of these difficult poems
The odes of John Keats by Helen Vendler ( Book )
21 editions published between 1983 and 2003 in English and held by 1,457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Argues that Keat's six odes form a sequence, identifies their major themes, and provides detailed interpretations of the poems' philosophy, mythological references, and lyric structures
Coming of age as a poet : Milton, Keats, Eliot, Plath by Helen Vendler ( Book )
17 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"To find a personal style is, for a writer, to become adult; and to write one's first "perfect" poem - a poem that wholly and successfully embodies that style - is to come of age as a poet. By looking at the precedents, circumstances, and artistry of the first perfect poems composed by John Milton, John Keats, T.S. Eliot, and Sylvia Plath, Coming of Age as a Poet offers rare insight into this mysterious process, and into the indispensable period of learning and experimentation that precedes such poetic achievement." "Milton's L'Allegro, Keats's On First Looking into Chapman's Homer, Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, and Plath's The Colossus are the poems that Helen Vendler considers, exploring each as an accession to poetic confidence, mastery, and maturity. In meticulous and sympathetic readings of the poems, and with reference to earlier youthful compositions, she delineates the context and the terms of each poet's self-discovery - and illuminates the private, intense, and ultimately heroic effort and endurance that precede the creation of any memorable poem."--Jacket
Dickinson : selected poems and commentaries by Emily Dickinson ( Book )
12 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In selecting these poems for commentary the author chooses to exhibit many aspects of Dickinson's work as a poet, from her first person poems to the poems of grand abstraction, from her ecstatic verses to her unparalleled depictions of emotional numbness, from her comic anecdotes to her painful poems of aftermath. Included here are many expected favorites as well as more complex and less often anthologized poems. Taken together, this selection reveals Emily Dickinson's development as a poet, her astonishing range, and her revelation of what Wordsworth called the history and science of feeling. In accompanying commentaries the author offers a deeper acquaintance with Dickinson the writer, the inventive conceiver and linguistic shaper of her perennial themes. All of Dickinson's preoccupations, death, religion, love, the natural world, the nature of thought, are explored here in detail, but the author always takes care to emphasize the poet's startling imagination and the ingenuity of her linguistic invention. Whether exploring less familiar poems or favorites we thought we knew, the author reveals Dickinson as a master of a revolutionary verse language of immediacy and power. Here, the author turns her skills as a critic to 150 selected poems of Emily Dickinson. She serves as a guide, considering both stylistic and imaginative feature of the poems
Voices & visions : the poet in America ( Book )
10 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 1,316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Seamus Heaney by Helen Vendler ( Book )
18 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 1,315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Helen Vendler traces Heaney's invention as it evolves from his beginnings in Death of a Naturalist (1966) through his most recent volume, The Spirit Level (1996). In sections entitled "Second Thoughts," she considers an often neglected but crucial part of Heaney's evolving talent: self-revision. Here we see how later poems return to the themes or genres of the earlier volumes, and reconceive them in light of the poet's later attitudes or techniques Vendler surveys all of Heaney's efforts in the classical forms - elegy, genre-scene, sonnet, parable, confessional poem, poem of perception - and brings to light his aesthetic and moral attitudes
The music of what happens : poems, poets, critics by Helen Vendler ( Book )
15 editions published between 1981 and 1998 in English and held by 1,150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The poetry of George Herbert by Helen Vendler ( Book )
12 editions published in 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Yeats's Vision and the later plays by Helen Vendler ( Book )
24 editions published between 1963 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In this original and revealing book, the author analyzes twelve of Yeats' later plays, relating them to A Vision whose symbolism they share"--Cover
Our secret discipline : Yeats and lyric form by Helen Vendler ( Book )
13 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The fundamental difference between rhetoric and poetry, according to Yeats, is that rhetoric is the expression of one's quarrels with others while poetry is the expression (and sometimes the resolution) of one's quarrel with oneself. This is where Helen Vendler's Our Secret Discipline begins. Through exquisite attention to outer and inner forms, Vendler explores the most inventive reaches of the poet's mind. This book is a space-clearing gesture, an attempt to write about lyric forms in Yeats in unprecedented and comprehensive ways. The secret discipline of the poet is his vigilant attention to forms - whether generic, structural, or metrical. Yeats explores the potential of such forms to give shape and local habitation to volatile thoughts and feelings." "Helen Vendler remains focused on questions of singular importance: Why did Yeats cast his poems into the widely differing forms they ultimately took? Can we understand Yeats's poetry better if we pay attention to inner and outer lyric form? Chapters of the book take up many Yeatsian ventures, such as the sonnet, the ballad, the lyric sequence, paired poems, blank verse, and others. With elegance and precision, Vendler offers brilliant insights into the creative process and speculates on Yeats's aims as he writes and rewrites some of the most famous poems in modern literature."--Jacket
Wallace Stevens : words chosen out of desire by Helen Vendler ( Book )
21 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Invisible listeners : lyric intimacy in Herbert, Whitman, and Ashbery by Helen Vendler ( Book )
12 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When a poet addresses a living person--whether friend or enemy, lover or sister--we recognize the expression of intimacy. But what impels poets to leap across time and space to speak to invisible listeners, seeking an ideal intimacy--George Herbert with God, Walt Whitman with a reader in the future, John Ashbery with the Renaissance painter Francesco Parmigianino? In Invisible Listeners, Helen Vendler argues that such poets must invent the language that will enact, on the page, an intimacy they lack in life. Through brilliantly insightful and gracefully written readings of these three great poe
Soul says : on recent poetry by Helen Vendler ( Book )
14 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 843 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
To know the poetry of our time, to look through its lenses and filters, is to see our lives illuminated. In these eloquent essays on recent American, British, and Irish poetry, Helen Vendler shows us contemporary life and culture captured in lyric form by some of our most celebrated poets. An incomparable reader of poetry, Vendler explains its power; it is, she says, the voice of the soul rather than the socially marked self speaking directly to us through the stylization of verse. "Soul Says," the title of a poem by Jorie Graham, is thus the name of this collection
I.A. Richards; essays in his honor by Reuben A Brower ( Book )
6 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The breaking of style : Hopkins, Heaney, Graham by Helen Vendler ( Book )
9 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Style is the material body of lyric poetry, Helen Vendler suggests. To cast off an earlier style is to perform an act of violence on the self. Why might a poet do this, adopting a sharply different form? In this exploration of three kinds of break in poetic style, Vendler clarifies the essential connection between style and substance in poetry. Opening fresh perspectives on the work of three very different poets, her masterful study of changes in style yields a new view of the interplay of moral, emotional, and intellectual forces in a poet's work. Gerard Manley Hopkins' invention of sprung rhythm marks a dramatic break with his early style. Rhythm, Vendler shows us, is at the heart of Hopkins' aesthetic, and sprung rhythm is his symbol for danger, difference, and the shock of the beautiful. In Seamus Heaney's work, she identifies clear shifts in grammatical "atmosphere" from one poem to the next - from "nounness" to the "betweenness" of an adverbial style - shifts whose moral and political implications come under scrutiny here. And finally Vendler looks at Jorie Graham's departure from short lines to numbered lines to squared long lines of sentences, marking a move from deliberation to cinematic "freeze-framing" to coverage, each with its own meaning in this poet's career
 
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Alternative Names
Hennessy Vendler, Helen
Hennessy Vendler, Helen 1933-
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English (343)
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