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Vendler, Helen 1933-

Works: 231 works in 808 publications in 3 languages and 32,824 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  Bibliography  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewer, Author of introduction, Compiler, Other, Redactor, Contributor
Classifications: PS3537.T4753, 821.3
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Most widely held works by Helen Vendler
The art of Shakespeare's sonnets by Helen Vendler( Recording )

51 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 2,188 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 )

13 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in English and held by 1,766 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
Part of nature, part of us : modern American poets by Helen Vendler( Book )

25 editions published between 1980 and 1996 in English and held by 1,740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of book reviews and essays on more than forty modern American poets
On extended wings : Wallace Stevens' longer poems by Helen Vendler( Book )

37 editions published between 1969 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,484 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 )

24 editions published between 1983 and 2003 in English and held by 1,471 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 1,381 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
Seamus Heaney by Helen Vendler( Book )

37 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,361 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
Voices & visions : the poet in America( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 1,240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The music of what happens : poems, poets, critics by Helen Vendler( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and held by 1,127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a collection of previously published book reviews of modern poetry. The poets discussed include John Ashbery, Donald Davie, Allen Ginsberg,Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton and Wallace Stevens
The poetry of George Herbert by Helen Vendler( Book )

17 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in English and German and held by 1,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Review text: Vendler's fluent study explains the poet in full, from a close reading of one work (to establish his precise craftsmanship) to chapters on the emblems, liturgical poems, ethical poems, and patterned poems. But there is more than just annotated classification here, for Vendler continually shows stages of development in Herbert's thought and craft.Few English poets raise more clearly than Herbert, or in more challenging and explorable ways, deeper questions as to the techniques, conditions, kinds and aims of poetry and its variant relations to experience...It is her full recognition of these characteristics which makes Helen Vendler's study, The Poetry of George Herbert, so admirable as a continuation of the efforts in recent decades to return Herbert nearer to his due place. Her fine and generous understanding of these efforts combines with her venturesome yet wary percipience to make her a most enheartening as well as a steadying companion in the rereadings of Herbert (and the rethinkings) that her work will promote.Helen Vendler in The Poetry of George Herbert shows herself to be the most distinguished contemporary practitioner of the New Critical tradition of 'close reading.'Vendler is undoubtedly a finely trained and extraordinarily resourceful reader, and I cannot imagine that anybody who cares for Herbert, or more generally for poetry, will fail to learn something from this book
Our secret discipline : Yeats and lyric form by Helen Vendler( Book )

17 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 984 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
Yeats's Vision and the later plays by Helen Vendler( Book )

29 editions published between 1962 and 2013 in English and held by 968 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
Wallace Stevens : words chosen out of desire by Helen Vendler( Book )

25 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 950 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poets thinking : Pope, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats by Helen Vendler( Book )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 917 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."--Jacket
Soul says : on recent poetry by Helen Vendler( Book )

18 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 837 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
Last looks, last books : Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, Merrill by Helen Vendler( Book )

13 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. 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 ... The solution for one poet will not serve for another; each must invent a bridge from an old style to a new one. Casting a last look at life as they contemplate death, these modern writers enrich the resources of lyric poetry"--Publisher description
I.A. Richards; essays in his honor by I. A Richards( Book )

8 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Invisible listeners : lyric intimacy in Herbert, Whitman, and Ashbery by Helen Vendler( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 616 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 poets over three different centuries, Vendler maps out their relationships with their chosen listeners. For his part, Herbert revises the usual "vertical" address to God in favor of a "horizontal" one-addressing God as a friend. Whitman hovers in a sometimes erotic, sometimes quasi-religious language in conceiving the democratic camerado, who will, following Whitman's example, find his true self. And yet the camerado will be replaced, in Whitman's verse, by the ultimate invisible listener, Death. Ashbery, seeking a fellow artist who believes that art always distorts what it represents, finds he must travel to the remote past. In tones both tender and skeptical he addresses Parmigianino, whose extraordinary self-portrait in a convex mirror furnishes the poet with both a theory and a precedent for his own inventions. By creating the forms and speech of ideal intimacy, these poets set forth the possibility of a more complete and satisfactory human interchange--an ethics of relation that is uncoerced, understanding, and free
The breaking of style : Hopkins, Heaney, Graham by Helen Vendler( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 589 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
Stone from Delphi : poems with classical references by Seamus Heaney( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The art of Shakespeare's sonnets
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The Harvard book of contemporary American poetryPart of nature, part of us : modern American poetsOn extended wings : Wallace Stevens' longer poemsThe odes of John KeatsComing of age as a poet : Milton, Keats, Eliot, PlathSeamus HeaneyThe music of what happens : poems, poets, criticsOur secret discipline : Yeats and lyric form