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Part of Nature, Part of Us

Part of Nature, Part of Us

Modern American Poets

Helen Vendler

ISBN 9780674654761

Publication date: 01/01/1980

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The poets nearest to us in time often seem the most remote and difficult. Helen Vendler closes the distance. She keeps the poet in view not only as thinker and artist, but as a man or woman whose humanity never disappears in her analysis. With her penetrating critical gift, Vendler assesses American poets from T. S. Eliot to Charles Wright.


  • Vendler exhibits in abundance the qualities our poets long for, virtues that make the essays and reviews here collected useful to everybody concerned with the nation’s culture. High among these virtues is the fullness of Vendler’s sympathy with the poets whose work she examines, but even prior to that gift there is her point of view.

    —Irvin Ehrenpreis, New York Review of Books


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

Book Details

  • 390 pages
  • 5-3/4 x 9 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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