This selection of Anthony Hecht's poems, edited by J.D. McClatchy, is
the first to span the poet's entire career. This weighty volume
showcases Hecht's formal rigor in poems that pay tribute to
Herbert, Milton, Shakespeare, and Auden, from his first collection,
A Summoning of Stones, which Ted Hughes noted as
"remarkable for its classical poise and elegance," to his final
collection of poems, The Darkness and the Light, which was,
as McClatchy notes, "quieter, reconciled, more accepting"
and celebrated "the redemptive power of beauty" with a
McClatchy writes, in the collection's introduction, that
Hecht's legacy is "a responsible art, an art that responds to
history, to political and domestic tragedies, with an awareness
of personal accountability."