The poet Anthony Hecht died at the age of 81. Here is all you want to know, and more!
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Twentieth-century American poet known for Millions of Strange Shadows, A Summoning of Stones, and other Holocaust-themed works. He is remembered for being one of the founders of a light verse form known as the double dactyl.
He was born into a German-Jewish family in New York. He later married Helen Hecht.
Anthony Hecht, an accomplished formalist poet whose early work of courtliness and urbanity gave way to searing chronicles of the 20th-century’s terrors, died on Wednesday at his home in Washington. He was 81. The cause was lymphoma, said his wife, Helen.
There’s not a good poet I know who has not at the beck and call of his memory a vast quantity of poetry that composes his mental library.
It doesn’t seem to me strange that children should like the macabre, the sensational, and the forbidden.
Mysteries, like the Masonic rites, are ones parents and elders are sworn not to reveal to the uninitiated, which include all children. And so we sought for signs.
Children know from a remarkably early age that things are being kept from them, that grown-ups participate in a world of mysteries.
Poetry operates by hints and dark suggestions. It is full of secrets and hidden formulae, like a witch’s brew.