The Given and the Made

Strategies of Poetic Redefinition

By Helen Hennessy Vendler
(Harvard University Press, Hardcover, 9780674354319, 138pp.)

Publication Date: December 1995

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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.



About the Author
Vendler is A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard University.
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