James Wood, 21 March 1996
Show More Soul Says: On Recent Poetry by Helen Vendler.
Harvard, 266 pp., £15.95, June 1995, 0 674 82146 7Show More
The Breaking of Style: Hopkins, Heaney, Graham by Helen Vendler.
Harvard, 100 pp., £18.95, January 1996, 0 674 08121 8Show More
The Given and the Made: Strategies of Poetic Redefinition by Helen Vendler.
Faber, 137 pp., £7.99, April 1995, 0 571 17078 1Show More
“... in these three books, to polish a group of them with her calm, uncreased prose – John Ashbery, James Merrill, A.R. Ammons, Amy Clampitt, Charles Simic, Dave Smith, Seamus Heaney, Louise Glück, Jorie Graham and Rita Dove. Vendler is in love with the lyric, indeed so in love with it that she befriends strangers who appear to resemble it: in her ...”