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When a poet addresses a living person--whether friend or enemy, lover or sister--we recognize the expression of intimacy. But what impels poets to leap across time and space to speak to invisible listeners, seeking an ideal intimacy--George Herbert with God, Walt Whitman with a reader in the future, John Ashbery with the Renaissance painter Francesco Parmigianino? In Invisible Listeners, Helen Vendler argues that such poets must invent the language that will enact, on the page, an intimacy they lack in life. Through brilliantly insightful and gracefully written readings of these three great poets over three different centuries, Vendler maps out their relationships with their chosen listeners. For his part, Herbert revises the usual "vertical" address to God in favor of a "horizontal" one-addressing God as a friend. Whitman hovers in a sometimes erotic, sometimes quasi-religious language in conceiving the democratic camerado, who will, following Whitman's example, find his true self. And yet the camerado will be replaced, in Whitman's verse, by the ultimate invisible listener, Death. Ashbery, seeking a fellow artist who believes that art always distorts what it represents, finds he must travel to the remote past. In tones both tender and skeptical he addresses Parmigianino, whose extraordinary self-portrait in a convex mirror furnishes the poet with both a theory and a precedent for his own inventions. By creating the forms and speech of ideal intimacy, these poets set forth the possibility of a more complete and satisfactory human interchange--an ethics of relation that is uncoerced, understanding, and free.

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9780691116181 | Princeton Univ Pr, August 22, 2005, cover price $37.50 | About this edition: When a poet addresses a living person--whether friend or enemy, lover or sister--we recognize the expression of intimacy.

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9780691134741 | Princeton Univ Pr, August 27, 2007, cover price $19.95 | About this edition: When a poet addresses a living person--whether friend or enemy, lover or sister--we recognize the expression of intimacy.

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9781400826711 | Princeton Univ Pr, September 2, 2008, cover price $14.95

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Product Description: Poetry has often been considered an irrational genre, more expressive than logical, more meditative than given to coherent argument. And yet, in each of the four very different poets she considers here, Helen Vendler reveals a style of thinking in operation; although they may prefer different means, she argues, all poets of any value are thinkers...read more

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9780674015678 | Harvard Univ Pr, September 27, 2004, cover price $19.95 | About this edition: Poetry has often been considered an irrational genre, more expressive than logical, more meditative than given to coherent argument.

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9780674021105 | Harvard Univ Pr, April 15, 2006, cover price $22.00 | About this edition: Poetry has often been considered an irrational genre, more expressive than logical, more meditative than given to coherent argument.

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Product Description: A catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition "John Keats and the Exaltation of a Genius" at Houghton Library in 1995 and of the John Keats Bicentennial Conference. The catalog includes a preface by Richard Wendorf, and essays by Helen Vendler and William H. Bond.
By William H. Bond (contributor), Helen Hennessy Vendler (contributor) and Richard Wendorf

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9780914630173 | Houghton Library of the Harvard, May 31, 2005, cover price $20.00 | About this edition: A catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition "John Keats and the Exaltation of a Genius" at Houghton Library in 1995 and of the John Keats Bicentennial Conference.

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Product Description: To find a personal style is, for a writer, to become adult; and to write one's first "perfect" poem--a poem that wholly and successfully embodies that style--is to come of age as a poet. By looking at the precedents, circumstances, and artistry of the first perfect poems composed by John Milton, John Keats, T...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780674010246 | Harvard Univ Pr, March 13, 2003, cover price $22.95 | About this edition: The author delves deeply into the lives of four poets--Milton, Keats, Eliot, and Plath--to shed light on the vital maturation process that turns minor talents into major poetic voices.

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9780674013834 | Harvard Univ Pr, April 30, 2004, cover price $26.50 | About this edition: To find a personal style is, for a writer, to become adult; and to write one's first "perfect" poem--a poem that wholly and successfully embodies that style--is to come of age as a poet.

Written by a preeminent critic and legendary teacher, this text and anthology presents the incisive, practical methods of reading and writing that Helen Vendler has used for decades to demystify poetry for her students and introduce them to its artistry and pleasures.

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9780312257064 | 2 edition (Bedford/st Martins, January 1, 2002), cover price $71.00 | About this edition: Written by a preeminent critic and legendary teacher, this text and anthology presents the incisive, practical methods of reading and writing that Helen Vendler has used for decades to demystify poetry for her students and introduce them to its artistry and pleasures.
9789990862744 | 2 edition (Bedford/st Martins, January 1, 2002), cover price $0.02
9780312085377 | Bedford/st Martins, July 1, 1996, cover price $49.70 | also contains Male Infertility for the Clinician: A Practical Guide | About this edition: Written by a preeminent critic and legendary teacher, this text and anthology presents the incisive, practical methods of reading and writing that Helen Vendler has used for decades to demystify poetry for her students and introduce them to its artistry and pleasures.

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Product Description: Join Professor Helen Vendler in her course lecture on the Yeats poem "Among School Children". View her insightful and passionate analysis along with a condensed reading and student comments on the course. Poet and critic are well met, as one of our best writers on poetry takes up one of the world's great poets...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780674796119 | Harvard Univ Pr, November 1, 1998, cover price $25.00 | About this edition: Join Professor Helen Vendler in her course lecture on the Yeats poem "Among School Children".

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9780674002050 | Harvard Univ Pr, March 1, 2000, cover price $14.00 | About this edition: Join Professor Helen Vendler in her course lecture on the Yeats poem "Among School Children".

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Analyzes all of Shakespeare's sonnets in terms of their poetic structure, semantics, and use of sounds and images

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9780674637115 | Hardcover with CD edition (Belknap Pr, November 15, 1997), cover price $45.00 | About this edition: Analyzes all of Shakespeare's sonnets in terms of their poetic structure, semantics, and use of sounds and images

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9780674637122 | Reprint edition (Belknap Pr, November 1, 1999), cover price $31.00 | About this edition: Analyzes all of Shakespeare's sonnets in terms of their poetic structure, semantics, and use of sounds and images

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Product Description: Join Professor Helen Vendler in her course lecture on the Yeats poem "Among School Children". View her insightful and passionate analysis along with a condensed reading and student comments on the course. To know the poetry of our time, to look through its lenses and filters, is to see our lives illuminated...read more

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9780674821460 | Belknap Pr, May 1, 1995, cover price $27.50 | About this edition: Join Professor Helen Vendler in her course lecture on the Yeats poem "Among School Children".

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9780674821477 | Reprint edition (Harvard Univ Pr, October 1, 1996), cover price $17.50 | About this edition: Join Professor Helen Vendler in her course lecture on the Yeats poem "Among School Children".

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Product Description: Many students today are puzzled by the meaning and purpose of poetry. Poems, Poets, Poetry demystifies the form and introduces students to its artistry and pleasures, using methods that Helen Vendler has successfully used herself over her long, celebrated career...read more

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9780312103484 | St Martins Pr, June 1, 1996, cover price $6.95 | About this edition: Many students today are puzzled by the meaning and purpose of poetry.

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Product Description: Join Professor Helen Vendler in her course lecture on the Yeats poem "Among School Children". View her insightful and passionate analysis along with a condensed reading and student comments on the course. How does a poet repeatedly make art over a lifetime 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...read more

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9780674354319 | Harvard Univ Pr, March 1, 1996, cover price $44.00 | About this edition: Join Professor Helen Vendler in her course lecture on the Yeats poem "Among School Children".
9780674434394 | Harvard Univ Pr, September 1, 1995, cover price $25.01 | About this edition: Join Professor Helen Vendler in her course lecture on the Yeats poem "Among School Children".

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9780674354326 | Harvard Univ Pr, September 15, 1995, cover price $15.00 | About this edition: Join Professor Helen Vendler in her course lecture on the Yeats poem "Among School Children".
9780674434400 | Harvard Univ Pr, September 1, 1995, cover price $10.01 | About this edition: Join Professor Helen Vendler in her course lecture on the Yeats poem "Among School Children".

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Product Description: Style is the material body of lyric poetry, Helen Vendler suggests. To cast off an earlier style is to do an act of violence to the self. Why might a poet do this, adopting a sharply different form? In this exploration of three kinds of break in poetic style, Vendler clarifies the essential connection between style and substance in poetry...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780674081208 | Harvard Univ Pr, March 1, 1996, cover price $39.95 | About this edition: Style is the material body of lyric poetry, Helen Vendler suggests.

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9780674081215 | Harvard Univ Pr, December 6, 1995, cover price $27.00 | About this edition: Style is the material body of lyric poetry, Helen Vendler suggests.

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Product Description: These Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover editions are popular for their compact size and reasonable price which do not compromise content. Poems: Stevens contains a selection, chosen by Helen Vendler, of over sixty of Stevens's poems, revealing with renewed force his status as our supreme acrobat of the imagination...read more

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9780679429111 | Everymans Library, October 1, 1993, cover price $14.95 | About this edition: These Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover editions are popular for their compact size and reasonable price which do not compromise content.

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This collection of recent essays addresses general issues in poetry criticism, discusses the work of major contemporary poets, and introduces the work of newer poets (view table of contents)

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9780674591523 | Harvard Univ Pr, February 12, 1988, cover price $45.50 | About this edition: This collection of recent essays addresses general issues in poetry criticism, discusses the work of major contemporary poets, and introduces the work of newer poets

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9780674591530 | Reprint edition (Harvard Univ Pr, August 1, 1989), cover price $51.00 | About this edition: This collection of recent essays addresses general issues in poetry criticism, discusses the work of major contemporary poets, and introduces the work of newer poets

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9780075538400 | Random House Inc, June 1, 1987, cover price $31.20

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Discusses the difficult style of Wallace Stevens, looks at his major themes, and analyzes, in detail, several of his poems

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9780870494277 | Univ of Tennessee Pr, December 1, 1984, cover price $12.00 | About this edition: Discusses the difficult style of Wallace Stevens, looks at his major themes, and analyzes, in detail, several of his poems.

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9780674945753 | Reprint edition (Harvard Univ Pr, November 18, 1986), cover price $23.50 | About this edition: Discusses the difficult style of Wallace Stevens, looks at his major themes, and analyzes, in detail, several of his poems

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Gathers postwar poetry by thirty-five top U.S. poets, including Stevens, Hughes, Rich, Plath, Jarrell, Berryman, Dickey, Ginsberg, Merwin, and Sexton

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9780674373402 | Belknap Pr, September 1, 1985, cover price $34.00 | About this edition: Gathers postwar poetry by thirty-five top U.

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Argues that Keat's six odes form a sequence, identifies their major themes, and provides detailed interpretations of the poems' philosophy, mythological references, and lyric structures

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9780674630758 | Belknap Pr, October 1, 1983, cover price $46.50 | About this edition: Argues that Keat's six odes form a sequence, identifies their major themes, and provides detailed interpretations of the poems' philosophy, mythological references, and lyric structures

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9780674630765 | Reprint edition (Belknap Pr, March 15, 1985), cover price $33.00 | About this edition: Argues that Keat's six odes form a sequence, identifies their major themes, and provides detailed interpretations of the poems' philosophy, mythological references, and lyric structures

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Appraises such creators and masters of the modern poetic idiom as T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, and Marianne Moore, assesses poets whose major works appeared after the mid century, and considers the new generation of poets

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9780674654754 | Harvard Univ Pr, March 1, 1980, cover price $42.00 | About this edition: Appraises such creators and masters of the modern poetic idiom as T.

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9780674654761 | Harvard Univ Pr, August 1, 1981, cover price $44.00 | About this edition: Appraises such creators and masters of the modern poetic idiom as T.

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Product Description: The Poetry of George Herbert is an elixir, from the Williams manuscript, with revisions in Herbert's hand

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9780674679597 | Harvard Univ Pr, June 1, 1975, cover price $45.00 | About this edition: The Poetry of George Herbert is an elixir, from the Williams manuscript, with revisions in Herbert's hand

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Product Description: Though Wallace Stevens’ shorter poems are perhaps his best known, his longer poems, Helen Hennessy Vendler suggests in this book, deserve equal fame and equal consideration. Stevens’ central theme―the worth of the imagination―remained with him all his life, and Mrs...read more

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9780674634367 | Harvard Univ Pr, June 1, 1969, cover price $35.00 | About this edition: Though Wallace Stevens’ shorter poems are perhaps his best known, his longer poems, Helen Hennessy Vendler suggests in this book, deserve equal fame and equal consideration.

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