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The Music of What Happens

The Music of What Happens

Poems, Poets, Critics

Helen Vendler

ISBN 9780674591530

Publication date: 01/01/1989

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Helen Vendler has become one of our most trusted companions in reading poetry. Among critics today she has an unrivaled ability to show—lucidly and invitingly—just what a poem does. Insight and wit distinguish these essays, in which Vendler elucidates the function of criticism as well as different critical methods and styles. Poets commented on range from Seamus Heaney and Czeslaw Milosz to Silvia Plath, James Merrill, and Amy Clampitt.


  • Vendler’s is an ample book…and will give us enough to go on digesting and arguing about, approving and resisting, for a long time yet.

    —Charles Tomlinson, Times Literary Supplement


  • Helen Vendler is A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard University.

Book Details

  • 486 pages
  • 6 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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