Anthony Hecht - Quotes

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Poetry operates by hints and dark suggestions. It is full of secrets and hidden formulae, like a witch's brew.

Poetry operates by hints and dark suggestions. It is full of secrets and hidden formulae, like a witch's brew.

Children know from a remarkably early age that things are being kept from them, that grown-ups participate in a world of mysteries. ---->>>

A lot of the fun lies in trying to penetrate the mystery; and this is best done by saying over the lines to yourself again and again, till they pass through the stage of sounding like nonsense, and finally return to a full sense that had at first escaped notice. ---->>>

Mysteries, like the Masonic rites, are ones parents and elders are sworn not to reveal to the uninitiated, which include all children. And so we sought for signs. ---->>>

It doesn't seem to me strange that children should like the macabre, the sensational, and the forbidden. ---->>>

There's not a good poet I know who has not at the beck and call of his memory a vast quantity of poetry that composes his mental library. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 01-16, 1923
Birthplace:
Die: 10-20, 2004
Occupation: Poet
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Anthony Evan Hecht (January 16, 1923 – October 20, 2004) was an American poet. His work combined a deep interest in form with a passionate desire to confront the horrors of 20th century history, with the Second World War, in which he fought, and the Holocaust being recurrent themes in his work.(wikipedia)