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The Music of What Happens

Poems, Poets, Critics

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$55.50 • £44.95 • €50.00

ISBN 9780674591530

Publication Date: 01/01/1989


486 pages

6 x 9-1/4 inches


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, The Times Literary Supplement

The Music of What Happens, with its deft, precise treatment of the configurative strategies of Ashbery, Heaney, Ginsberg, Sexton, and others reminds us why, ultimately, we might put the newspaper down and read a poem instead.—Robert Lindsey, Bloomsbury Review

Any criticism that develops so complex a sense of what really good poetry does, and develops it so lovingly, is to be cherished.—Alan Williamson, The Boston Globe

Vendler is essential, whether one delights or despairs in her views. More, The Music of What Happens is the essential Vendler.—G. E. Murray, The Chicago Tribune

Polite, decisive, and insightful, Vendler is our most distinguished critic of modern poetry. In this collection she deals with writers as diverse as Donald Davie and A. R. Ammons… It is her own likes and dislikes, tirelessly examined and cross-examined, that give her frequent bursts of critical eloquence the foundation of truth.Choice

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