The Given and the Made

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The Given and the Made

Strategies of Poetic Redefinition

By Helen Hennessy Vendler

Harvard University Press, Hardcover, 9780674354319, 138pp.

Publication Date: December 6, 1995

How does a poet repeatedly over a lifetime make art out of an arbitrary assignment of fate? By asking this question of the work of four American poets - two men of the postwar generation, two young women writing today - Helen Vendler suggests a fruitful way of looking at a poet's career and a new way of understanding poetic strategies as both mastery of forms and forms of mastery.