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Vendler, Helen 1933-

Works: 299 works in 988 publications in 5 languages and 35,557 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  Literary criticism  Bibliographies  Fiction  Biographies  Creative nonfiction  Interviews  Reviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewer, Author of introduction, htt, win, Contributor, Compiler, Other, pre
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( Book )

66 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in English and German and held by 3,028 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
Poets thinking : Pope, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats by Helen Vendler( )

27 editions published between 2004 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 2,435 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
Last looks, last books : Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, Merrill by Helen Vendler( )

16 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 2,357 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
On extended wings : Wallace Stevens' longer poems by Helen Vendler( Book )

36 editions published between 1969 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,762 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
Invisible listeners : lyric intimacy in Herbert, Whitman, and Ashbery by Helen Vendler( )

23 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 1,743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a poet addresses a living person, we recognise the intimacy being evoked, but what causes a poet to invoke invisible listeners? Helen Vendler explores this area of poetry, focusing on the works of George Herbert, Walt Whitman and John Ashbery
Part of nature, part of us : modern American poets by Helen Vendler( Book )

27 editions published between 1980 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of book reviews and essays on more than forty modern American poets
The Harvard book of contemporary American poetry( Book )

14 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,694 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
The odes of John Keats by Helen Vendler( Book )

27 editions published between 1983 and 2003 in English and held by 1,491 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
Dickinson : selected poems and commentaries by Emily Dickinson( Book )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 1,446 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
Coming of age as a poet : Milton, Keats, Eliot, Plath by Helen Vendler( Book )

19 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 1,395 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 1,384 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 ocean, the bird, and the scholar : essays on poets and poetry by Helen Vendler( )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of our foremost commentators on poetry examines the work of a broad range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century English, Irish, and American poets. The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar gathers two decades worth of Helen Vendler's essays, book reviews, and occasional prose including the 2004 Jefferson Lecture in a single volume. Taken together, they serve as a reminder that if the arts and the patina of culture they cast over the world were deleted, we would, in Wallace Stevens's memorable formulation, inhabit a geography of the dead. These essays also remind us that without the enthusiasm, critiques, and books of each century's scholars, there would be imperfect perpetuation and transmission of culture. All of the modern poets who have long preoccupied Vendler - Wallace Stevens, Seamus Heaney, John Ashbery, and Jorie Graham - are fully represented, as well as others, including Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, Amy Clampitt, James Merrill, A.R. Ammons, and Mark Ford. And Vendler reaches back into the poetic tradition, tracing the influence of Keats, Yeats, Whitman, T.S. Eliot, and others in today's poets. As ever, her readings help to clarify the imaginative novelty of poems, giving us a rich sense not only of their formal aspects but also of the passions underlying their linguistic and structural invention. The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar is an eloquent plea for the centrality, both in humanistic study and modern culture, of poetry's beautiful, subversive, sustaining, and demanding legacy."--Jacket
Voices & visions : the poet in America( Book )

17 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Companion to the PBS television series. Uses the works of thirteen poets to trace the development of an American poetic identity over the past two centuries
The music of what happens : poems, poets, critics by Helen Vendler( Book )

23 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,128 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 )

23 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in English and German and held by 1,126 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 )

18 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,094 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 )

35 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,039 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 )

29 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 965 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soul says : on recent poetry by Helen Vendler( Book )

22 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 846 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 I. A Richards( Book )

8 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Poets thinking : Pope, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats
Poets thinking : Pope, Whitman, Dickinson, YeatsLast looks, last books : Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, MerrillOn extended wings : Wallace Stevens' longer poemsInvisible listeners : lyric intimacy in Herbert, Whitman, and AshberyThe Harvard book of contemporary American poetryDickinson : selected poems and commentariesComing of age as a poet : Milton, Keats, Eliot, PlathSeamus Heaney
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Helen Vendler

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