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Part of Nature, Part of Us: Modern American Poets
by Helen Hennessy Vendler
Harvard University Press, 1980
Paper: 978-0-674-65476-1 | Cloth: 978-0-674-65475-4
Library of Congress Classification PS323.5.V4
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.509

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.

Reviews of this book:
Helen Vendler puts herself entirely at the service of the poets she is talking about. Although she writes too well to be invisible, she does not compete or pontificate either...What she does is to offer the poetry to you.
--Anatole Broyard, New York Times

Reviews of this book:
Helen Vendler is the best poetry reviewer in America. Her virtues are a rigorous attending to verbal structure and texture; the ability to quote appositely and economically; a sure though not a too-exclusive taste; above all, the ability to do the poem one better by putting into words the relevant responses we might have had if we'd been smarter and more feeling...In her brilliant fusion of reviewing and criticism [she] is the legitimate successor to P. R. Blackmur and Randall Jarrell.
--William H. Pritchard, New Republic

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Vendler exhibits in abundance the qualities our poets long for, virtues that make the essays and reviews here collected useful to everybody concerned with the nation's culture. High among these virtues is the fullness of Vendler's sympathy with the poets whose work she examines, but even prior to that gift there is her point of view.
--Irvin Ehrenpreis, New York Review of Books

Reviews of this book:
Part of Nature, Part of Us is a book that asks to be reread until it is completely possessed--like a poem. It is significant not only for what Helen Vendler finds in poetry, but for what she brings to it; what she sees in what she reads and what she shows to us is a function of who she is. In all that she writes it is manifest that Helen Vendler reads new poems with knowledge and intelligence and passion and wit and warmth; she comes out to greet them. Because of that, she herself becomes a writer to whom one can return for a sense of life.
--Richard Dyer, Boston Globe

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