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Books

Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010.

Last Looks, Last Books: Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, Merrill. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2010.

Our Secret Discipline: Yeats and Lyric Form. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Invisible Listeners: Lyric Intimacy in Herbert, Whitman, and Ashbery. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press ©2005.

Book cover: Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries.
Book cover: Last Looks, Last Books: Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, Merrill.
Book cover: Our Secret Discipline: Yeats and Lyric Form.

Poets Thinking: Pope, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004.

Coming of Age as a Poet: Milton, Keats, Plath. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Seamus Heaney. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, ©1998.

Book cover: Poets Thinking: Pope, Whitman, Dickinson, Yeats.
Book cover: Coming of Age as a Poet: Milton, Keats, Plath.
Book cover: Seamus Heaney.

The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997.

Poems - Poets - Poetry: An Introduction and Anthology. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, ©1997.

Soul says: on recent poetry. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1995.

Book cover: The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets.
Book cover: Soul says: on recent poetry.
Book cover: Poems - Poets - Poetry: An introduction and Anthology.

The Given and the Made: Strategies of Poetic Redefinition.  Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1995.

The Music of What Happens: Poems, Poets, Critics. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press, 1988.

Wallace Stevens: Words Chosen Out of Desire.  Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, ©1984.

The Odes of John Keats. Cambridge, Ma.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1983.

Part of Nature, Part of Us: Modern American Poets. Cambridge, Ma.: Harvard University Press, 1980.

The Poetry of George Herbert. Cambridge, Ma.: Harvard University Press, 1975.

On Extended Wings: Wallace Stevens’ Longer Poems Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1969.

Yeats’s Vision and the Later Plays Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1963.

 


Articles

“The Dial: Its Poetry and Poetic Criticism.” New England Quarterly. Mar. 1958: 66-87.

“The Uniting of Romance and Allegory in La Queste del Saint Graal.” Boston University Studies in English. Winter 1960: 189-201.

“Yeats’s Changing Metaphors for the Otherworld.” Modern Drama. Dec. 1964: 308-21.

“The Qualified Assertions of Wallace Stevens.” The Act of the Mind. Eds. Roy Harvey Pearce and J. Hillis Miller. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1965. 163-78.

“Stevens’ ‘Like Decorations in a Nigger Cemetery.’” Massachusetts Review. Winter 1966: 136-46.

“Recent American Poetry.” Massachusetts Review. Summer 1967: 545-60.

“The Re-Invented Poem: George Herbert’s Alternatives.” Forms of Lyric. Ed. Reuben Brower. New York: Columbia University Press, 1970.

“The Re-Invented Poem: George Herbert’s Alternatives.” Literary Criticism: Idea and Act. Ed. W. K.Wimsatt. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1974. 362-81. (Reprint of previous entry)

“George Herbert’s ‘Vertue.’” Ariel. April 1970: 54-70.

“Wallace Stevens: The False and True Sublime.” The Southern Review. Summer 1971: 683-98.

“Wallace Stevens: The False and True Sublime.” Wallace Stevens. Ed. Irvin Ehrenpreis. Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Critical Anthologies, 1972. 292-308. (Reprint of previous entry)

“The Experiential Beginnings of Keats’s Odes.” Studies in Romanticism. Summer 1973: 591-606.

“Sacred and Profane Perfection in Yeats.” William Butler Yeats. Ed. William Pritchard. Baltimore: Penguin Critical Anthologies, 1972. 338-49.

“Sacred and Profane Perfection in Yeats.” The Southern Review. Jan. 1973: 105-16. (Reprint of previous entry)

“Jakobson, Richards, and Shakespeare’s Sonnet CXXIX.” I. A. Richards: Essays in Honor. New York: Oxford University Press, 1973. 179-98.

“The Poetry of Adrienne Rich.” Parnassus : Poetry in Review. Fall 1973: 5-33.

“The Difficult Grandeur of Robert Lowell.” The Atlantic. Jan. 1975: 68-73.

“On Allen Ginsberg’s Kaddish and Other Poems.” Mademoiselle. Oct. 1975: 32, 100.

“Elizabeth Bishop.” World Literature Today. Winter 1977: 23-28.

 “‘Ulysses, Circe, Penelope.’” Salmagundi. Spring 1977: 16-24.

“‘Oh I Admire and Sorrow’: The Poetry of Dave Smith.” Parnassus: Poetry in Review. Spring/Summer 1977: 191-205.

“Lionel Trilling and the Immortality Ode.” Salmagundi. Spring 1978: 66-86.

“Robert Lowell’s Last Poems.” Parnassus : Poetry in Review. Spring/Summer 1978: 75-100.

“The Poetry of Louise Glück.” New Republic. 17 Jun. 1978: 34-37.

“Poets.” The New Yorker. 18 Sep. 1978: 165-73.

“On Marianne Moore.” The New Yorker. 16 Oct. 1978: 168-94.

 “Robert Lowell’s Last Days and Last Poems.” Robert Lowell: A Tribute. Ed. Rolando Anzilotti. Pisa: Nistri-Lischi Editori, 1979. 156-71.

“J. B. Y.” The New Yorker. 8 Jan. 1979: 66-77.

“The Transcendent ‘I’ (Charles Wright and Eugenio Montale).” The New Yorker. 31 Jan.1979: 160-74.

“The Demands of Poetry on Criticism.” The Key Reporter. Fall 1979: 2-4, 8.

“V Work (Merrill’s Mirabell).” The New Yorker. 3 Sep. 1979: 95-105.

“Lowell in the Classroom.” The Harvard Advocate. Nov. 1979: 22-26, 28-29.

“Lowell in the Classroom.” New York Times Book Review. 3 Feb. 1980: 9, 28-29. (Reprint of previous entry)

“I. A. Richards.” The American Scholar. 1980: 499-503.

“I. A. Richards.” Masters: Portraits of Great Teachers. Ed Joseph Epstein. New York: Basic Books, 1981. 226-35. (Reprint of previous entry)

“I. A. Richards.” New Boston Review. Apr. 1981: 3-5. (Reprint of previous entry)

“Stevens and Keats’s Ode ‘To Autumn’.” Wallace Stevens: A Celebration. Eds. Frank Doggett and Robert Buttel. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1980. 171-95.

“Four Elegies.” Yeats, Sligo and Ireland: Essays to Mark the 21st Yeats International Summer School. Ed. A. Norman Jeffares. Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire: Colin Smyth, 1980. 216-31.

“The Mind’s Assertive Flow (Dave Smith).” The New Yorker. 30 Jun. 1980: 96-105.

“Lowell and the City.” Literature and the Urban Experience. Eds. Michael C. Jaye and Ann Chalmers Watts. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1981. 51-62.

“Understanding Ashbery.” The New Yorker. 16 Mar. 1981: 108-36.

“MLA Presidential Address.” PMLA. May 1981: 344-50.

“The Music of What Happens.” The New Yorker. 28 Sep. 1981: 146-57.

“Robert Lowell, Het Generieke Leven.” Hollands Maandblad. Feb. 1982: 3-10.

“Humanities in the Community.” National Forum. Fall 1982: 36-38.

“The Function of Criticism.” Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Nov. 1982: 15-29.

“The Golden Theme: Keats’s Ode ‘To Autumn.’” Centre and Labyrinth: Essays in Honour of Northrop Frye. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1983. 181-196.

“De Poezie van A. R. Ammons.” Hollands Maandblad. 24 Feb. 1983: 22-30.

“What the Poet Had for Breakfast: Lowell’s Collected Prose and Moss’s Selected Essays.” The New Republic. 30 Mar. 1987: 30-33, 196.

“A. R. Ammons and Home: Dwelling in the Flow of Shapes.” Southwest Review. Spring 1987: 150-181.

“The Poems of Elizabeth Bishop.” Critical Inquiry. Summer 1987: 825-838.

“Veracity Unshaken: A.R. Ammons’ Sumerian Vistas.” The New Yorker. 15 Feb. 1988: 100-104.

“To Be a Sun Again: The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz, 1957-1987.” The New Yorker. 4 Apr. 1988: 97-102.

“To Be a Sun Again.” Essays on Octavio Paz. Ed. Enrico Mario Santi. Mexico City: Ediciones Era, 2005. (Reprint of previous entry)

“The Living Hand of Keats: An Essay on the Manuscripts.” Poetry Manuscripts at Harvard: John Keats. Ed. Jack Stillinger. Facsimile ed. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1990. xiv-xxii.

 “Interview with Rita Dove.” Reading Black, Reading Feminist: A Critical Anthology. Ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. New York: Meridian, 1990.

“Two Poets.” Harvard Magazine. Sep./Oct. 1997: 62-66. (Review of work by William Shakespeare and Allen Ginsberg)

“Anglo-Celtic Attitudes.” The New York Review of Books. 6 Nov. 1997: 57-60. (Review of work by James Lasdun, Glyn Maxwell, Paul Muldoon, and Tim Kendall)

“A. R. Ammons’ The Snow Poems and Garbage: Episodes in an Evolving Poetics.” Complexities of Motion: New Essays on A. R. Ammons’ Long Poems. Ed. Steven P. Schneider. Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses, 1998. 23-50.

“Art, Heroism, and Poetry: The Shaw Memorial, Lowell’s ‘For the Union Dead,’ and Berryman’s ‘Boston Common: A Meditation upon the Hero.’” Hope and Glory: Essays on the Legacy of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. Eds. Martin H. Blatt, Thomas J. Brown, and Donald Yacovone. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press and the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1998. 202-14.

“Harvard Graduate School, 1956-1960.” Under Criticism: Essays for William Pritchard. Eds. David Sofield and Herbert Tucker. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1998. 121-131.

“On the Poetry of Wallace Stevens.” The View from Kyoto: Essays on Twentieth Century Poetry. Kyoto: Rinsen Books, 1998.

“Stevens, Keats, and the Motive for Poetry.” The Collegiate Review. Winter 1998: 48-59.

“All Her Nomads.” The London Review of Books. Feb. 1998: 11-12. (Review of Collected Poems by Amy Clampitt)

 “T. S. Eliot.” Time. 8 Jun. 1998: 111-13.

 “T.S. Eliot.” People of the Century: Time/CBS News. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999. 136-39.

“The Usefulness of Tradition: Seamus Heaney’s ‘Mycenae Lookout.’” Poetic Lines of Inheritance. Ed. Allen Bewell. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999.

“Seamus Heaney and the Oresteia: ‘Mycenae Lookout’ and the Usefulness of Tradition.” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society. 143.1 (1999): 116-29.

“Seamus Heaney and the Oresteia: ‘Mycenae Lookout’ and the Usefulness of Tradition.” Amid Our Troubles: Irish Versions of Greek Tragedy. Eds. Marieanne McDonald and J. Michael Walton. London: Methuen, 2002. 181-97. (Reprint of previous entry)

“Understanding ‘The World.’” Partisan Review. Winter 1999: 129-35. (Review of work by Czesław Miłosz)

“Scoops from the Tide Pools: The Allegories and Mimicries of Mark Ford.” Times Literary Supplement. 1 Jan. 1999: 11-12.

“Melville and the Lyric of History.” The Southern Review. Summer 1999: 579-94.

“Wallace Stevens: Hypotheses and Contradictions.” Enabling Resources: Formalism and its Continuities. Eds. Christina Malcolmson and Richard McCoy.

“Wallace Stevens: Hypotheses and Contradictions.” Wharton Lecture on English Poetry. Proceedings of the British Academy. 111 (2001): 225-44.

“Wallace Stevens: Hypotheses and Contradictions.” Representations. Winter 2003: 99-117. (Reprint of previous entry)

“Wallace Stevens: Hypotheses and Contradictions.” Poetry Criticism. Florence, KY: Cengage Learning, 2010. (Reprint of previous entry)

“Poetry and the Mediation of Value: Whitman on Lincoln.” Michigan Quarterly Review. 39.1 (2000): 1-24.

“Poetry and the Mediation of Value: Whitman on Lincoln.” Walt Whitman. Bloom’s Modern Critical Verses Series. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 2006. 191-206. (Reprint of previous entry)

“Lowell’s Persistence: The Forms Depression Makes.” The Kenyon Review. Winter 2000: 216-33.

“A Life of Learning.” The Charles Homer Haskins Lecture. American Council of Learned Societies Occasional Paper. No. 50 (2001): 1-18.

“Melville and the Lyric of History.” Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War: Civil War Poems. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2001. 249-268.

“Shakespeare’s Lyric Poetry.” Oxford Companion to Shakespeare. Eds. Michael Dobson and Stanley Wells. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. 267-69.

“Matter on Various Length Scales: Poetry.” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society. 145.4 (2001): 389-401.

“Poetry and the Mediation of Value: Whitman on Lincoln.” The Tanner Lectures on Human Values. Vol. 22. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2001. 141-158.

“The Listener.” Harvard Magazine. Jul./Aug. 2001: 31. (Essay on Neil Rudenstine, outgoing president of Harvard)

“Ups and Downs with Harvard.” Harvard Magazine. Nov./Dec. 2001: 48-50.

“‘Long Pig’: The Interconnection of the Exotic, the Dead, and the Fantastic in the Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop.” The Art of Elizabeth Bishop. Eds. Sandra Regina Goulart Almeida, Gláucia Renate Gonçalves, and Eliana Lourenço de Lima Reis. Ouro Preto, Brazil: Belo Horizonte, 2002. 25-38.

“Shakespeare’s Other Sonnets” and “Appendix: Quatrain Management in The Comedy of Errors.” In the Company of Shakespeare: Essays on English Renaissance Literature in Honor of G. Blakemore Evans. Eds. Thomas Moisan and Douglas Bruster. Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses, 2002. 161-176.

“Ashbery’s Aesthetic: Reporting on Fairfield Porter and Saul Steinberg.” Harvard Review. Spring 2002: 81-96.

“Stevens and Keats’s ‘To Autumn.’” Close Reading: The Reader. Eds. Frank Lentricchia and Andrew Dubois. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003. 156-174.

“Camões the Sonneteer.” Post-Imperial Camões. Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies 9. Dartmouth, MA: University of Massachusetts, 2003. 17-38.

“Seamus Heaney and the Grounds for Hope.” San Francisco: Arion Press, 2004.

 “Under Milk Wood: Lists, Made and Undone.” Beyond the Difference: Welsh Literature in Comparative Contexts. Essays for M. Wynn Thomas at Sixty. Eds. Daniel Williams and Alyce von Rothkirch. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2004.

“Kim był dla mnie Miłosz?” Czesław Miłosz in Memoriam. Ed. and trans. Joanna Gromeck. Kraków: Wydawnictwo Znak, 2004.

“On ‘In View of the Fact.’” Epoch. 52.3 (2004): 347-48.

“On a Harvard Education for the Future.” Essays on General Education in Harvard College. Cambridge, MA: President and Fellows of Harvard College, 2004. 104-108.

“Appendix: Rhyme Schemes of Keats’s Sonnets.” John Keats: The 64 Sonnets. Philadelphia, PA: Paul Dry Books, 2004. (Reprint from Coming of Age as a Poet)

“‘The Circulation of Small Largenesses’ Mark Ford and John Ashbery.” Something We Have That They Don’t: British and American Poetic Relations Since 1925. Eds. Steve Clark and Mark Ford. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004. 182-195.

“Keats and Helen Keller: Response to Roger Shattuck.” New York Review of Books. 29 Apr. 2004: 57.

“The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar.” The New Republic. 19 Jul. 2004: 27-32.

“The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar.” Beyond Words: A Visual Reader. Ed. John Ruskiewicz. Bel Air, CA: Longman Publishers, 2005. (Reprint from previous entry)

“The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar.” Liberal Education. 96.1 (2010): 6-13. (Reprint from previous entry)

“Wallace Stevens: Memory, Dead and Alive.” The Wallace Stevens Journal. Fall 2004: 247-260.

“Humanities Education.” Harvard Magazine. Sep.-Oct. 2004: 66-68.

“Miltons Epic Poem” [Excerpt] in John Milton, Paradise Lost. Ed. Gordon Teskey. New York, London: W. W. Norton and Company, 2005. (Reprint from Arion Press Paradise Lost introduction)

“Keats and the Use of Poetry.” Romanticism: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies. Eds. Michael O’Neill and Mark Sandy. New York: Routledge, 2005. (Reprint from The Music of What Happens)

“The Later Poetry.” The Cambridge Companion to W. B. Yeats. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 77-100.

“Correspondence: Jaded Inflation.” The New Republic. 10 Apr. 2006: 4. (Letter to the editor)

“Correspondence: Dead Poets’ Society.” The New Republic. 8 May 2006: 5, 37. (Letter to the editor)

Talk at the Symposium Celebrating the Centennial of William Empson’s Birth. DVD. Disk 3. Cambridge, MA: Houghton Library. 26 Oct. 2006.

“Stevens and the Lyric Speaker.” The Cambridge Companion to Wallace Stevens. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 133-48.

“Seamus Heaney’s ‘Sweeney Redivivus’: Its Plot and its Poems.” That Island Never Found: Essays and Poems for Terence Brown. Eds. Nicholas Allen and Eve Patten. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007. 169-94.

“The Future of English: The Future of the Lyrical Imagination.” English Now: Selected Papers from the 20th IAUPE Conference in Lund 2007. Ed. Marianne Thormählen. Lund, Sweden: Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, 2008. 185-98.

“Living with Artists.” Yaddo: Making American Culture. Ed. Micki McGee. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008. 67-75.

“Wallace Stevens’s Collected Poems.” A New Literary History of America. Eds. Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009. 847-851.

“Valuing the Creative and Reflective.” Interviewer Handbook. Cambridge, MA: Harvard College Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, 2009.

“Volver a Ser un Sol.” Luz Espejeante: Octavio Paz ante la Crítica. Ed. Enrico Mario Santí. Mexico, DF: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2009.

“Losing the Marbles: James Merrill on Greece.” Imagination and Logos: Essays on C.P. Cavafy. Ed. Panagiotis Roilos. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010. 51-70.

“Dear Harold.” Harold Bloom: 80. New Haven: Yale University, 2010. 51-52.

 “Pretending to Be a Real Person.” An Invisible Rope: Portraits of Czesław Miłosz. Ed. Cynthia Haven. Athens, OH: Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 2011. 183-88.

“Reading Is Elemental: How to Preserve the Humanities.” Harvard Magazine. Sep./Oct. 2011: 75-76.

 “Helen Vendler at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on December 12, 1984.” M.H. Abrams at Cornell University. Ed. J. Robert Cooke. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, forthcoming.

Introduction to Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries. Translated into Spanish, ed. Esteban Martínez Serra, forthcoming.

“Trójgłosowy Lament.” Poznawanie Miłosza 1999-2011. Ed. Alexander Fiut. Trans. Magda Heydel. Krakow, Poland: Wydanictwo Literackie, forthcoming. (Reprint of article “Plus Minus” published in Rzeczpospolita , 2001, nr 52. Originally published as a review of Laments: A Bilingual Edition by Jan Kochanowski. Trans. Stanislaw Baránczak and Seamus Heaney. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1995.)


Reviews

(Untitled reviews are identified by the name and author of works reviewed.)

“Lowell and Thomas.” Yale Review. Spring 1966: 439-44.

“Assimilating Yeats.” Massachusetts Review. Summer 1966: 590-97.

Essays in Style and Language by Roger Fowler. Essays in Criticism. Oct. 1966: 457-63.

The Clairvoyant Eye by Joseph Riddel. Criticism. Spring 1967: 208-12.

His Toy, His Dream, His Rest by John Berryman. New York Times Book Review. 3 Nov. 1968: 1, 58-59.

The Edwardian Turn of Mind by Samuel Hynes. Massachusetts Review. Winter 1969: 191-94.

The Complete Poems by Randall Jarrell. New York Times Book Review. 2 Feb. 1969: 5, 42.

Essays of Four Decades by Allen Tate. New York Times Book Review. 4 May 1969: 6.

Voyager: A Life of Hart Crane by John Unterecker. New York Times Book Review. 20 Jul. 1969: 1, 18.

Planet News by Allen Ginsberg. New York Times Book Review. 31 Aug. 1969: 8.

The Third Book of Criticism by Randall Jarrell. New York Times Book Review. 4 Jan. 1970: 4-5.

Audubon: A Vision by Robert Penn Warren. New York Times Book Review. 11 Jan. 1970: 5.

The Burden of the Past and the English Poet by W. J. Bate. Boston Globe. 15 Feb. 1970: 18.

City Without Walls by W. H. Auden. New York Times Book Review. 22 Feb. 1970: 5, 32, 34.

Robert Frost by Lawrance Thompson. New York Times Book Review. 9 Aug. 1970: 1, 34-35.

The Carrier of Ladders and The Miner’s Pale Children by W. S. Merwin. New York Times Book Review. 18 Oct. 1970: 28, 30.

An Anthology of New York Poets edited by Ron Padgett and David Shapiro and The Poets of the New York School edited by John Bernard Myers. New York Times Book Review. 15 Nov. 1970: 30, 32, 34.

Keats and His Poetry by Morris Dickstein. New York Times Book Review. 21 Mar. 1971: 5, 20.

Birds of America by Mary McCarthy. New York Times Book Review. 16 May 1971: 1, 16, 18.

Yeats by Harold Bloom. JEGP. Aug. 1971: 691-96.

The Seamless Web by Stanley Burnshaw. Massachusetts Review. Fall 1971: 834-37.

Crossing the Water by Sylvia Plath. New York Times Book Review. 10 Oct. 1971: 4, 48.

The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot, edited by Valerie Eliot. New York Times Book Review. 7 Nov. 1971: 1, 45-46.

Keats’s Odes and Their Earliest Known Manuscripts by Robert Gittings. Studies in Romanticism. Winter 1971: 65-69.

Collected Poems by Frank O’Hara. Parnassus : Poetry in Review. Fall 1972: 5-20.

Collected Poems by Frank O’Hara. Parnassus : Poetry in Review: Twenty Years of Poetry in Review. Ed. Herbert Leibowitz. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1994. 130-145. (Reprint of previous entry)

Notable American Women 1607-1950 by E. T. James, J. W. James, and P. S. Boyer. New York Times Book Review. 17 Sep. 1972: 1, 18, 20.

Braving the Elements by James Merrill. New York Times Book Review. 24 Sep. 1972: 5, 14, 16, 18.

The New Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1950 and A Book of Religious Verse edited by Helen Gardner. New York Times Book Review. 15 Oct. 1972: 3, 10, 12, 14.

An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Poetry edited by Elizabeth Bishop and Emanuel Brasil. New York Times Book Review. 7 Jan. 1973: 4, 12, 14, 16.

Complete Poems: 1913-1962 by E. E. Cummings, Tape for the Turn of the Year and Collected Poems: 1951-1971 by A. R. Ammons, and Delusions by John Berryman. The Yale Review. Mar. 1973: 412-25.

Angel Fire by Joyce Carol Oates. New York Times Book Review. 1 Apr. 1973: 7-8.

The Fall of America by Allen Ginsberg. New York Times Book Review. 15 Apr. 1973: 1, 14, 16, 18.

Half-Lives by Erica Jong, Impossible Buildings by Judith Johnson Sherwin, and Power Politics by Margaret Atwood. New York Times Book Review. 12 Aug. 1973: 6-7.

America: A Prophecy: Readings of American Poetry from Pre-Columbian Times to the Present edited by Jerome Rothenberg and George Quasha. New York Times Book Review. 30 Dec. l973: 7-8.

The Bow and the Lyre by Octavio Paz. New York Times Book Review. 30 Jun. 1974: 23, 24, 26.

The Bow and the Lyre by Octavio Paz. Contemporary Literary Criticism. 4 (1975): 397-98. (Reprint of previous entry)

Conjunctions and Disjunctions by Octavio Paz. The American Scholar. Fall 1974: 686-88.

“Poetry from the Broadside Press.” New York Times Book Review. 29 Sep. 1974: 3, 10, 14, 16.

Eight Contemporary Poets by Calvin Bedient. New York Times Book Review. 15 Dec. 1974: 6-7.

Pity the Monsters: The Political Vision of Robert Lowell by Alan Williamson. Ploughshares. 2.4 (1975): 88-95.

“A Quarter of Poetry.” New York Times Book Review. 6 Apr. 1975: 4-5, 29-38.

“False Poets and Real Poets.” New York Times Book Review. 7 Sep. 1975: 6-8, 10, 12, 14, 16-18. (Review of House, Bridge, Fountain, Gate by Maxine Kumin)

“Art, Life and Dr. Williams.” New York Review of Books. 13 Nov. 1975: 17-20.

Divine Comedies by James Merrill. New York Review of Books. 18 Mar. 1976: 29-31.

North by Seamus Heaney and Buried City by Howard Moss. New York Times Book Review. 18 Apr. 1976: 6, 22.

Poetry and Repression by Harold Bloom. Times Literary Supplement. 25 Jun. 1976: 775-76.

Of Woman Born by Adrienne Rich. New York Review of Books. 30 Sep. 1976: 16-18.

Uncollected Prose by W. B. Yeats, edited by John P. Frayne and Colton Johnson. Vol 2. Times Literary Supplement. 14 Jan. 1977: 28-29.

Souvenirs and Prophecies by Wallace Stevens, edited by Holly Stevens. New York Times Book Review. 30 Jan. 1977: 2, 16.

Collected Poems by W. H. Auden, Selected Poems by Robert Lowell, and works by Dave Smith, E. Bryant-Voigt, Ted Weiss, L. Rabb, James Tate, and Elizabeth Bishop. The Yale Review. Spring 1977: 407-23.

“John Updike on Poetry.” New York Times Book Review. 10 Apr. 1977: 3, 28.

Gerard Manley Hopkins by Bernard Bergonzi. New York Times Book Review. 1 May 1977: 13, 55.

Day by Day by Robert Lowell. New York Times Book Review. 14 Aug. 1977: 1, 23-25.

The Duplications and I Never Told Anybody by Kenneth Koch. New York Review of Books. 24 Nov. 1977: 10-14.

Collected Poems by Howard Nemerov. New York Times Book Review. 18 Dec. 1977: 14, 29.

The Situation of Poetry by Robert Pinsky. The Nation. 3 Sep. 1977: 186-88.

The New Oxford Book of American Verse edited by Richard Ellmann. Review of English Studies. May 1978: 242-44.

Dreams in the Mirror: A Biography of E. E. Cummings by Richard S. Kennedy and Frank O’Hara: Poet Among Painters by Marjorie Perloff. New York Review of Books. 7 Feb. 1980: 10, 12-14.

“The Making of a Feminist: Carey Thomas of Bryn Mawr.” New York Times Book Review. 24 Feb. 1980: 24-25.

Walt Whitman by Justin Kaplan. New York Times Book Review. 9 Nov. 1980: 1, 28-30.

Women Writers and Poetic Identity by Margaret Homans. New York Review of Books. 19 Feb. 1981: 32-33.

The Poet’s Calling in the English Ode by Paul H. Fry. Modern Language Quarterly. Mar. 1981: 87-90.

A Coast of Trees by A. R. Ammons. The New Republic. 25 Apr. 1981: 28-32.

Shadow Train by John Ashbery and Descending Figure by Louise Glück. New York Review of Books. 16 Jul. 1981: 24-26.

The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton. The New Republic. 11 Nov. 1981: 33-36.

Complete Poems by Sylvia Plath. The New Yorker. 15 Feb. 1982: 124-38.

Agon by Harold Bloom. The New Republic. 17 Feb. 1982: 31-35.

Criticism in the Wilderness by Geoffrey Hartman. The New Yorker. 3 May 1982: 158-65.

Hundreds of Fireflies by Brad Leithauser and Monolithos by Jack Gilbert. New York Review of Books. 23 Sep. 1982: 41-44.

Worldly Hopes by A. R. Ammons. Poetry. Oct. 1982: 26-32.

Robert Lowell: A Biography by Ian Hamilton. New York Review of Books. 2 Dec. 1982: 3-6.

Work for the Night Is Coming by Jared Carter, A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far: Poems 1978-1981 by Adrienne Rich, and One for the Rose by Philip Levine. New York Review of Books. 17 Dec. 1982: 32-36.

“Nostalgias, Reductions.” Parnassus : Poetry in Review. Spring/Summer 1983: 116-127. (Review of White Words by Baron Wormser and An Apology for Loving the Old Hymns by Jordan Smith)

The Kingfisher by Amy Clampitt. New York Review of Books. 3 Mar. 1983: 19-22.

“Notes on a Poet: On Amy Clampitt’s ‘A Procession at Candlemas.’” Vanity Fair. Apr. l983: 88-89.

“Body and Soul: Frank Bidart’s The Sacrifice.” The New Republic. 10 Oct. 1983: 24-28.

“Reading and Hearing John Ashbery’s ‘Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.’” Liner notes for LP recording. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. San Francisco: Arion Press, 1984.

“Life Studies.” New York Review of Books. 16 Feb. 1984: 3-6. (Review of The Collected Prose by Elizabeth Bishop)

“From Fragments, a World Perfect at Last.” The New Yorker. 19 Mar. l984: l38-46. (Review of work by Czesław Miłosz).

“From Fragments, a World Perfect at Last.” Wydawnictwo Literackie. 2000. (Reprint of previous entry)

“A Variety of Voices: Michael Blumenthal’s Days We Would Rather Know.” The New Republic. l6 Apr. 1984: 37-40.

“Chronicles of Love and Loss.” The New Yorker. 21 May l984: 124-131. (Review of From the First Nine by James Merrill)

“Making It New.” New York Review of Books. 14 Jun. l984: 32-35. (Review of A Wave by John Ashbery)

“The Road Taken.” New York Times Book Review. 14 Oct. 1984: 1, 40-41. (Review of Frost: A Literary Life Reconsidered by William Pritchard)

“Raptures and Rendings: Ted Hughes’ River.” The New Yorker. 31 Dec. 1984: 66-69.

Dear Delmore: Letters of Delmore Schwartz edited by Robert Phillips. New York Review of Books. 11 Apr. l985: 7-ll.

Keats: The Myth of the Hero by Dorothy Van Ghent. Studies in Romanticism. Summer 1985: 283-288.

“Fears and Farewells: James Merrill’s Late Settings.” The New Republic. 5 Aug. l985: 34-39.

“Echo-Soundings, Searches, Probes.” The New Yorker. 23 Sep. 1985: 108-116. (Review of Station Island by Seamus Heaney)

“Sizing Up American Poetry.” New York Review of Books. 7 Nov. 1985: 53-60. (Review of Twentieth Century Pleasures by Robert Hass, Local Assays by Dave Smith, and American Poetry and Culture, 1945-1980 by Robert von Hallberg)

A.R. Ammons: Dwelling in the Flow of Shapes.” Festschrift for A.R. Ammons. North Carolina Humanities Council.

A.R. Ammons: Dwelling in the Flow of Shapes.” The Southwest Review. (Reprint of previous entry)

“Whitman’s ‘When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d.’” Textual Analysis: Some Readers Reading. Ed. Mary Ann Caws. New York: The Modern Language Association, l986. l32-43.

“A Lifelong Poem Including History.” The New Yorker. 13 Jan. 1986: 77-84. (Review of Allen Ginsberg’s Collected Poems)

“The Medley is the Message: Plaisirs of Roland Barthes.” New York Review of Books. 8 May l986: 44-50.

“Body Language: Leaves of Grass and the Articulation of Sexual Awareness.” Harper’s. Oct. l986: 62-66.

“In the Zoo of the New.” New York Review of Books. 23 Oct. l986: 47-52. (Review of work by Glück, Dunn, Leithauser, and Dove)

“Youth Lost and Kept: The Journals and Poems of Stephen Spender.” The New Yorker. 10 Nov. l986: 138-44.

“Who Was Wallace Stevens?” New York Review of Books. 20 Nov. l986: 42-47. (Review of Wallace Stevens: The Early Years, 1879-1923 by Joan Richardson, Wallace Stevens by Milton Bates, and Wallace Stevens by George Lensing)

“New Books on Wallace Stevens.” The New England Quarterly. Dec. l986: 549-63. (Review of Wallace Stevens: A Mythology of Self by Milton Bates, Wallace Stevens: The Poetics of Modernism edited by Albert Gelpi, and The Long Poems of Wallace Stevens by Rajeev S. Patke)

“Wallace Stevens.” Voices and Visions: American Poets. New York: Random House, l987.

“Keats and the Use of Poetry.” What Is a Poet? Ed. Hank Lazer. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1987. 66-83.

The End of Beauty by Jorie Graham, Archaic Figure by Amy Clampitt, The Consuming Myth: The Work of James Merrill by Stephen Yenser. Erato. Fall/Winter 1987.

“A Poet’s Sampler: Rita Dove.” Boston Review. Feb. 1987: 13.

“Poets’ Prose.” The New Yorker. 16 Mar. 1987: 96-102. (Review of The Letters of W.B. Yeats and Complete Prose by Marianne Moore. Eds. John Kelly and Eric Domville)

“What the Poet Had for Breakfast.” The New Republic. 30 Mar. 1987: 30-33. (Review of Collected Prose by Robert Lowell and Minor Monuments by Howard Moss)

“Married to Hurry and Grim Song: Jorie Graham’s The End of Beauty.” The New Yorker. 27 Jul. 1987: 63, 74-78.

“Donald Davie: Self-Portraits in Verse.” On Modern Poetry: Essays Presented to Donald Davie. Eds. Vereen Bell and Laurence Lerner. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1988. 233-253.

“Shakespeare’s Sonnets: The Uses of Synecdoche.” Sonnets. Ed. William Burto. New York: New American Library, 1988. 233-240.

“What We Have Loved.” Teaching Literature: Harvard English Studies. Eds. James Engell and David Perkins. No. 15 (1988): 13-25. (Reprint of 1980 MLA Presidential Address)

“Second Thoughts.” New York Review of Books. 28 Apr. 1988: 41-46. (Review of The Haw Lantern by Seamus Heaney)

“On Three Poems by Seamus Heaney.” Salmagundi. Fall 1988: 66-70.

“Ecco Press: Heaney on Wordsworth, Simic on Campion.” Erato. Fall/Winter 1988: 2-4.

“New York Pastoral: James Schuyler’s Selected Poems.” New York Review of Books. 29 Sep. 1988: 14, 11-12.

“Sentences Hammered in Metal: Miłosz’ Collected Poems, 1931-1987.” The New Yorker. 24 Oct. 1988: 122-29.

“Huge Pits of Darkness, High Peaks of Light: Robinson Jeffers.” The New Yorker. 26 Dec. 1988: 91-95.

“‘A Wounded Man Falling Towards Me’: Seamus Heaney’s The Government of the Tongue.” The New Yorker. 13 Mar. 1989: 102-08.

“In Praise of Perfume: Merrill’s Inner Room.” The New Republic. 3 Apr. 1989: 35-38.

“The Explorer.” New York Review of Books. 27 Apr. 1989: 44-48. (Review of I.A. Richards: His Life and Work by John Paul Russo)

“Drawn to Figments and Occasion.” The New Yorker. 7 Aug. 1989: 93-97. (Review of A Hunger by Lucie Brock-Broido)

“Four Prized Poets.” The New York Review of Books. 17 Aug. 1989: 26-30. (Review of work by April H. Bernard, Edward B. Hirsch, Michael J. Hofmann, and Les Murray)

“The War in the Streets, the War in the Air, the War in the Heavens.” The New Yorker. 18 Sep. 1989: 133-39. (Review of War Stories by Howard Nemerov)

“Who Is Sylvia?” The New Republic. 6 Nov. 1989: 98-105. (Review of Bitter Fame: A Life of Sylvia Plath by Anne Stevenson)

“Ways into Shakespeare’s Sonnets.” Hilda Hulme Memorial Lecture. London: University of London, 1990.

“A Dissonant Triad.” Parnassus : Poetry in Review. 16.2 (1990): 391-404. (Review of work by Henri Cole, Rita Dove, and August Kleinzahler)

 “Southern Weather.” The New Yorker. 2 Apr. 1990: 113-116. (Review of Cuba Night by Dave Smith)

“Feminism and Literature.” The New York Review of Books. 31 May 1990: 22-26. (Review of work by Felski, Hansen, Philipson, Nicholson, Wilson, Warnke, Lonsdale, Heilbrun, Gilbert, Gubar, and Paglia)

“The Inconsolable.” The New Republic. 23 Jul. 1990: 32-37. (Review of work by Randall Jarrell)

“Posthumous Work on Beautiful Subjects.” The New Yorker. 12 Nov. 1990: 124-133. (Review of Opus Posthumous by Wallace Stevens)

“‘The Waste Land’ Revisited.” The Yale Review. 79.2 (1991): 148-161.

“Technique in the Early Poems of Yeats.” Yeats Annual. 8 (1991): 3-20.

“New Wine in Old Bottles: Yeats’s ‘Supernatural Songs.’” The Southern Review. Spring 1991: 399-406.

“Octavio Paz and the Poetry of the Present.” Western Humanities Review. Spring 1991: 10-15.

“Breath of Art.” New York Review of Books. 28 Mar. 1991: 49-52. (Review of The Dead Girl by Melanie Thernstrom)

“Choices.” The New Yorker. 15 Apr. 1991: 99-103. (Review of Selected Poems, 1966-1987 by Seamus Heaney)

“Imagination Pressing Back.” The New Yorker. 10 Jun. 1991: 103-11. (Review of work by Frank Bidart, Albert Goldbarth, and Amy Clampitt)

“Mapping the Air.” The New York Review of Books. 21 Nov. 1991: 50-56. (Review of work by Adrienne Rich and Jorie Graham)

“The Wreck of the Deutschland.” Authentic Cadence: Centennial Essays on Gerard Manley Hopkins. Ed. Anthony Mortimer. Switzerland: Fribourg University Press, 1992.

“The Wreck of the Deutschland.” The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Sourcebook. New York: Routledge, 2005. 78-83. (Reprint of previous entry)

“Whitman and the Aesthetic Life.” Democracy’s Poet: A Walt Whitman Celebration. New York: Museum of the City of New York, 1992. 18-19.

“Ashbery and Popeye.” The Marks in the Fields: Essays on the Uses of Manuscripts. Eds. Rodney G. Dennis and Elizabeth Falsey. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992. 162-67.

“Reading Keats in Manuscript.” The Marks in the Fields: Essays on the Uses of Manuscripts. Eds. Rodney G. Dennis and Elizabeth Falsey. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992. 39-43.

“Tintern Abbey: Two Assaults.” Wordsworth in Context. Eds. Pauline Fletcher and John Murphy. Bucknell Review. 63.1 (1992): 173-90.

 “Poetry in Review.” The Yale Review. 80.3 (1992): 209-21. (Review of Complete Poems, 1904-1962 by E. E. Cummings)

“The Unsociable Soul.” The New Republic. 3 Aug. 1992: 34-37. (Review of The Passion of Emily Dickinson by Judith Farr)

“A Steely Glitter Chasing Shadows.” The New Yorker. 3 Aug. 1992: 73-76. (Review of Flow Chart by John Ashbery)

“Tireless Messenger.” New York Review of Books. 13 Aug. 1992: 44-46. (Review of work by Czesław Miłosz)

In Memoriam: Holly Stevens.” The Wallace Stevens Journal. Fall 1992: 212-15.

“Desert Storm.” The New Republic. 7 Dec. 1992: 39-42. (Review of Clarel by Melville)

Blood, Bread, and Poetry: Selected Prose 1979-1985 by Adrienne Rich. Erato. 1993.

“Reliquaries and Stop-Gaps: Charles Wright’s Zone Journals.” The New Yorker.

“Wallace Stevens.” The Columbia History of American Poetry. Eds. Jay Parini and Brett C. Millier. New York: Columbia University Press: 1993. 370-94.

“Poems Posing Questions: Reading Shakespeare.” Shakespeare in the Classroom. Ed. Ruth Stevenson. London: Associated University Presses, 1993.

“Totemic Sifting.” Parnassus : Poetry in Review. 18/19.2/1 (1993): 86-99. (Review of  The Book of Gods & Devils, Hotel Insomnia, and Dime-Store Alchemy by Charles Simic)

“Totemic Sifting: Charles Simic’s The Book of Gods and Devils, Hotel Insomnia, and Dime-Store Alchemy.” Charles Simic: Essays on the Poetry. Ed. Bruce Weigl. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1996. 119-32. (Reprint of previous entry)

“The Two Lives of the Poem.” Harvard Library Bulletin. Winter 1993-94: 65-71. (Review of In Memoriam by Alfred Lord Tennyson)

“Election and Reprobation.” The New Yorker. 18 Jan. 1993: 107-10. (Review of Collected Poems by Donald Davie)

“The Numinous Moose.” London Review. 11 Mar. 1993: 6-8. (Review of Elizabeth Bishop: Life and the Memory of It by Brett Millier)

“Flower Power.” The New Republic. 24 May 1993: 35-38. (Review of The Wild Iris by Louise Glück)

“Rita Dove: America’s Poet Laureate.” Ideas: Newsletter of the National Humanities Center. Summer 1993: 27-31.

“‘Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction’: Allegorical Personae.” The Wallace Stevens Journal. Fall 1993: 147-61.

“The White Goddess!” New York Review of Books. 18 Nov. 1993: 12-18. (Review of work by and on Laura Riding)

“Anxiety of Innocence.” The New Republic. 22 Nov. 1993: 27-34. (Review of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century edited by John Hollander)

“Anxiety of Innocence.” Our Country, Our Culture. Eds. Edith Kurzweil and William Phillips. Boston: Partisan Review, 1994. 265-82. (Reprint of previous entry)

“Stevens as American Poet.” Columbia Encyclopedia of American Poetry. Ed. Joseph Parisi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994.

“Frye’s Endymion: Myth, Ethics, and Literary Description.” The Legacy of Northrop Frye. Eds. Alvin A. Lee and Robert D. Denham. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1994.      201-12.

“R.S. Thomas and Painting.” The Page’s Drift: R.S. Thomas at Eighty. Ed. M. Wynn Thomas. Wales: Seren Books, 1994. 57-81.

“Reading, Stage by Stage: Shakespeare’s Sonnets.” Shakespeare Reread: The Texts in New Contexts. Ed. Russ McDonald. New York: Cornell University Press, 1994. 23-41.

“Poems Posing Questions,” “Reading for Difference: The Sonnets,” and “Sonnets 33, 60, Romeo and Juliet 1.5.93-106, Sonnets 94, 105, 116, 129.” Teaching with Shakespeare: Critics in the Classroom. Eds. Bruce McIver and Ruth Stevenson. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1994. 23-59.

“Wallace Stevens: Teaching the Anthology Pieces.” Teaching Wallace Stevens. Ed. John N. Serio and J. Leggett. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1994.

“Yeats’s Ottava Rima Poems.” The Yeats Annual. 1994: 26-44.

“Fin-de-Siècle Poetry: Jorie Graham.” Poesia Sempre. 2 (1994): 114-126.

“Blackness and Beyond Blackness: New Icons of the Beautiful in the Poetry of Rita Dove.” The Times Literary Supplement. 18 Feb. 1994: 11-13.

“The I of Writing.” Antaeus. Spring 1994 (No. 73/74): 62.

“The ‘I’ of Writing.” Who’s Writing This?: Notations on the Authorial I. Ed. Daniel Halpern. Hopeville, NJ: The Ecco Press, 1995. 184-85. (Reprint of previous entry)

“A Reviewer’s Beginnings.” The Princeton Library Chronicle. Spring 1994: 526-31.

“A Reviewer’s Beginnings.” Antaeus. Fall 1994: 400-05. (Reprint of previous entry)

“The Three Acts of Criticism.” London Review of Books. 26 May 1994: 5-6, 10. (Review of The Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Poetry in English by Ian Hamilton)

“Breakfast with Miss Bishop.” New York Review of Books. 9 Jun. 1994: 39-42. (Review of  One Art: Letters by Elizabeth Bishop, edited by Robert Giroux)

“Ascent into Limbo.” The New Republic. 11 Jul. 1994: 27-30. (Review of Materialism by Jorie Graham)

“Death of a Soul.” The New York Review of Books. 20 Oct. 1994: 9-13. (Review of Scar Tissue by Michael Ignatieff)

“The Restorer of the Real.” The New Republic. 19 Dec. 1994: 34-38. (Review of The Varieties of Metaphysical Poetry by Ronald Schuchard)

“The Teacher, the Student, and Literature.” The Clifden Anthology. Ed. Brendan Flynn. Clifden, Ireland: Clifden Community Arts Week, 1995. 171-78.

“Fin-de-Siècle Lyric: W. B. Yeats and Jorie Graham.” Fins de Siècle. Ed. Elaine Scarry. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995. 123-40.

“George Herbert and Modern Poetry.” George Herbert Journal. 1995: 81-89.

“John Keats, 1795-1821: John Keats, 1795-1995.” John Keats 1795-1995: With a Catalogue of the Harvard Keats Collection. Cambridge, MA: Houghton Library, 1995. 39-43.

“A Life in Writing.” Southwest Review. Spring/Summer 1995: 159-85. (Review of work by James Merrill)

“Touched by Genius.” The Washington Post. 5 Mar. 1995: 1, 10. (Review of Family Secrets by William M. Murphy)

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes edited by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel. The New Republic. 6 Mar. 1995: 37-42.

“Chronicles of Love and Loss.” New York Review of Books. 11 May 1995: 46-51. (Review of A Scattering of Salts by James Merrill)

“Twentieth-Century Demeter.” The New Yorker. 15 May 1995: 90-92. (Review of  Mother Love by Rita Dove)

“The Nothing That Is.” The New Republic. 7 Aug. 1995: 42-45. (Review of Chickamauga by Charles Wright)

“A Nobel for the North.” The New Yorker. 23 Oct. 1995: 84-89. (Review of Nobel Prize-winning poetry collections by Seamus Heaney)

“Seamus Heaney’s Invisibles.” Cambridge Review. Nov. 1995: 1-6.

“Seamus Heaney’s Invisibles.” Harvard Review. Spring 1996: 37-47. (Reprint of previous entry)

“Periodizing Modern American Poetry.” The Challenge of Periodization: Old Paradigms and New Perspectives. Ed. Lawrence Besserman. New York: Garland Publishing, 1996. 233-44.

“Psalms and John.” Communion. Ed. David Rosenberg. New York: Doubleday, 1996. 381-92.

“Balanced on the Ledge above the Dark.” Parnassus: Poetry in Review. 21.1 (1996): 171-83. (Review of work by Howard Nemerov)

“Yeats at Sonnets.” Parnell Lecture 1995. Cambridge, UK: Magdalene College Occasional Papers. No. 12, 1996.

 “The Booby Trap: A Review of Great Books: My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World by David Denby.” Harvard College News. Winter 1996: 4-5, 19-23.

“Rapture and Despair.” The New Republic. 1 Jan. 1996: 36-39. (View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems by Wisława Szymborska)

“Worth a Thousand Words?” New York Review of Books. 9 May 1996: 39-42. (Review of The Gazer’s Spirit by Hollander and On the Laws of the Poetic Art by Hecht)

“Dark and Deep.” London Review of Books. 4 Jul. 1996: 3-6. (Review of Robert Frost: A Biography by Jeffrey Meyers and Collected Poems, Prose and Plays by Robert Frost, edited by Richard Poirier and Mark Richardson)

The Lost Lunar Baedeker by Mina Loy and Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy by Carolyn Burke. New York Review of Books. 19 Sep. 1996: 57-60.

“Writhing and Crawling and Leaping and Darting and Flattening and Stretching.” London Review of Books. 31 Oct. 1996: 8-9. (Review of Inventions of the March Hare: Poems 1909-17 by T. S. Eliot, edited by Christopher Ricks)

“American X-Rays.” The New Yorker. 4 Nov. 1996: 98-102. (Review of Selected Poems 1947-1995 by Allen Ginsberg)

“Inspiration, Accident, Genius.” The New York Review of Books. 16 Oct. 1997: 9-11. (Review of Keats by Andrew Motion)

“Ice and Fire and Solitude.” The New York Review of Books. 4 Dec. 1997: 39-42. (Review of Wallace Stevens: Collected Poetry and Prose by Frank Kermode and Joan Richardson)

“Harvard Graduate School: 1956-1960.” Under Criticism: Essays for William H. Pritchard. Eds. David Sofield and Herbert F. Tucker. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1998.

“Poetical Correctness.” The New Republic. 15 Jun. 1998: 34-37. (Review of World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time by Katharine Washburn and John S. Major)

 “Staring through the Stitches.” New York Review of Books. 8 Oct. 1998: 37-40. (Review of Poems New and Collected, 1957-1997 by Wisława Szymborska and New Collected Poems by Tomas Tranströmer)

 “The Moving Toyshop.” The New Republic. 15 Nov. 1999: 41-47. (Review of The Oxford Book of English Verse edited by Christopher Ricks and Lives of the Poets by Michael Schmidt)

“Life Itself.” The New York Review of Books. 24 Feb. 2000: 26-29. (Review of Collected Poems, 1948-1998 by D.J. Enright)

“Both/And.” Metre. Spring/Summer 2000: 166. (Review of work by Charles Simic)

“Catching a Pig on the Farm.” New York Review of Books. 8 March 2001: 44-46. (Review of The Wick of Memory: New and Selected Poems 1970-2000 by Dave Smith)

“Ardor and Artifice.” The New Yorker. 12 Mar. 2001: 100-04. (Review of Collected Poems by James Merrill)

“Heaney, the Survivor.” Irish Times. 24 Mar. 2001: 71. (Review of  Electric Light by Seamus Heaney)  

“The Hectorer.” The New Republic. 2 Apr. 2001: 29-32. (Review of The Strength of Poetry: Oxford Lectures by James Fenton)

“A Lament in Three Voices.” New York Review of Books. 31 May 2001: 27-31. (Review of Treatise on Poetry and ABC’s by Czesław Miłosz)

“A Lament in Three Voices.” A Poetry Criticism Reader. Eds. Jerry Harp and Jan Weissmiller. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2005. (Reprint of previous entry)

“Unsurprised by Sin.” The New Republic. 30 Jul. 2001: 35-39. (Review of The Life of John Milton: A Critical Biography by Barbara Kiefer Lewalski)

“The Titles: A.R. Ammons, 1926-2001.” Poetry. Oct. 2001: 31-46.

“The Titles.” Considering the Radiance. Eds. Gilbert, Roger and David Burak. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005. 213-32. (Reprint of previous entry)

“Fronds and Tendrils.” London Review of Books. 29 Nov. 2001: 24-25. (Review of Soft Sift by Mark Ford)

“Her Own Society.” The New Republic. 10 Dec. 2001: 32-40. (Review of My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson by Alfred Habegger)

“Emily Dickinson Thinking.” Parnassus: Poetry in Review. Jan. 2002: 34-56.

“Emily Dickinson Thinking.” Emily Dickinson. EBSCO/Salem Press, forthcoming. (Reprint of previous entry)

“Poetry in Review.” The Yale Review. Jan. 2002: 157-75. (Review of Glare by A.R. Ammons)

“Ashes of Centuries: Czesław Miłosz’s Epic Lyricism.” Harper’s Magazine. Apr. 2002: 72-76.

“Piteously Love Closed.” The New Republic. 10 Jun. 2002: 33-40. (Review of Painted Shadow by Carole Seymour-Jones)

“When Art Fails: Amazing Grace: An Anthology of Poems about Slavery, 1660-1810.” The New Republic. 30 Dec. 2002: 27-34

Never by Jorie Graham. London Review of Books. 23 Jan. 2003: 13-17.

“Indigo, Cyanine, Beryl.” Književna Kritika Danas: Zbornik u čast 25 godina Instituta za strane jezike u Podgorici. Eds. Vukčević, Radojka and Marjana Đukić. Podgorica: Institute Za Strane Jezike, 2004. 427-444. (Reprint of previous entry)

“Indigo, Cyanine, Beryl.” Jorie Graham: Essays on the Poetry. Ed. Tom Gardner. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005. (Reprint of previous entry)

“The Art of Losing.” The New Republic. 5 May 2003: 33-37. (Review of Edgar Allan Poe and The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments by Elizabeth Bishop, edited by Alice Quinn)

“When Poets Made War.” The New Republic. 5 May 2003: 28-34. (Review of Poets of World War II edited by Harvey Shapiro)

“The Hurt Soul.” The New Republic. 28 Jul. 2003: 30-37. (Review of Collected Poems by Robert Lowell, edited by Frank Bidart, David Gewanter, and DeSales Harrison)

Vendler, Helen and John Guare. “Glenway Wescott by Paul Cadmus.” The Paris Review. Fall 2003: 112-15.

“The Overstory.” New York: Reeves Contemporary Gallery, Nov. 2003. (Gallery sheet review of work by Eric Aho)

“Harmonized Geometries: The Paintings of Seán McSweeney.” Seán McSweeney: Recent             Paintings. London: John Martin Gallery, 12-29 Nov. 2003.

“Ravening Through.” The New Republic. 24 Nov. 2003: 32-37. (Review of W. B. Yeats: A Life, Vol. II: The Arch-Poet by R. F. Foster)

“Green Words.” The New Republic. 10 May 2004: 23-29. (Review of “I am”: The Selected Poetry of John Clare edited by Jonathan Bate)

“Jorie Graham: The Moment of Excess.” Jorie Graham: Essays on the Poetry. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005. 42-59.

“Attention, Shoppers.” The New Republic. 7 Mar. 2005: 30-33. (Review of Where Shall I Wander: New Poems by John Ashbery)

“One Life, One Writing.” The New Republic. 27 Jun. 2005: 32-36 (Review of The Letters of Robert Lowell edited by Saskia Hamilton)

 “Can We Conceive of Beatrice ‘Snapping’ Like a Shrew?” London Review of Books. 1 Sep. 2005: 9-10. (Review of Dante in English edited by Eric Griffiths and Matthew Reynolds) 

“Stanley Elkin Revisited.New England Review: Middlebury Series. 27.4 (2006): 57-59.

“Fanciness and Fatality.” The New Republic. 6 Nov. 2006: 26-33. (Review of Horse Latitudes: Poems and The End of the Poem: Oxford Lectures by Paul Muldoon)

“The Democratic Eye.” New York Review of Books. 29 Mar. 2007: 20-22. (Review of A Worldly Country: New Poems by John Ashbery)

“Long Live Mr. Cogito!” The New Republic. 27 Aug. 2007: 37-43. (Review of Collected Poems: 1956-1998 by Zbigniew Herbert)

“From the Homicidal to the Ecstatic.” New York Review of Books. 11 Oct. 2007: 29-30. (Review of God’s Silence and Earlier Poems by Franz Wright)

“Snatched from the Air.” New York Review of Books. 6 Mar. 2008: 36-38. (Review of Littlefoot: A Poem by Charles Wright)

“We Shall Be Happy.” The New Republic. 28 May 2008: 47-51. (Review of Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara, edited by Mark Ford)

“‘A Powerful, Strong Torrent.’” New York Review of Books. 12 Jun. 2008: 64-67. (Review of Sea Change by Jorie Graham)

“The Friendship of Cal and Elizabeth.” New York Review of Books. 20 Nov. 2008: 72-74. (Review of The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, edited by Thomas Travisano with Saskia Hamilton)

“Oblivion City.” The New Republic. 5 Nov. 2008: 44-47. (Review of Ashes for Breakfast by Durs Grünbein) (Syndication rights purchased by the Poetry Foundation for the Poetry Media Service.)

“A New Head”. The New Republic. 18 Feb. 2009: 44-47. (Review of Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid by Simon Armitage)

“Defender of the Earth.” New York Review of Books. 26 Mar. 2009: 37-39. (Review of The Shadow of Sirius by W.S. Merwin)

“John Updike on Poetry.” Poetry Criticism, Vol. 90. Florence, KY: Cengage Learning, forthcoming. (Reprint of article in New York Times Book Review. 10 Apr. 1977: 3, 28.)

“The Plain Sense of Things: The First Edition of Wallace Stevens’s Work in 20 Years.” The New York Times Book Review. 23 Aug. 2009: 13. (Review of Selected Poems by Wallace Stevens, edited by John N. Serio)

“Toying with Words.” New York Times Book Review. 13 Dec. 2009: 14. (Review of Planisphere by John Ashbery)

“Between the Potency and the Existence.” The New Republic. 29 Apr. 2010: 30-34. (Review of The Letters of T. S. Eliot edited by Valerie Eliot and Hugh Haughton)

“The Art of Antithesis.” The New Republic. 24 Jun. 2010: 28-32. (Review of The Bars of Atlantis: Selected Essays and Descartes’ Devil: Three Meditations by Durs Grünbein)

“Singing the Poet Electric.” New York Times Book Review. 4 Jul. 2010: 12. (Review of On Whitman by C.K. Williams)

“The Worn-Out Heart.” The New Republic. 2 Dec. 2010: 31-35. (Review of Canti by Giacomo Leopardi)

“The Art of Flamingo Watching.” New York Review of Books. 23 Dec. 2010. (Review of The Best of It: New and Selected Poems by Kay Ryan)

“The Instructors.” The New Republic. 15 Sep. 2011: 36-40. (Review of W.B. Yeats & George Yeats edited by Ann Saddlemyer and Words Alone: Yeats & His Inheritances by R.F. Foster)

“Beauty, Violence, and the Gods.” The New York Review. 27 Oct. 2011: 82-85. (Review of The Wrecking Light by Robin Robertson)


Honorary Degrees

Litt.D. Smith College, 1980
Ph.D. University of Oslo, 1981
Litt.D. Kenyon College, 1982
D.L. University of Hartford, 1985
D.H.L. Union College, l986
D.L. Columbia University, l987
D.L. Marlboro College, 1989
D.H.L. Fitchburg State University, 1990
D.H.L. Washington University, 1991
D.L. Bates College, 1992
D.L. Dartmouth College, 1992
D.H.L. University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1992
D.L. University of Massachusetts-Boston, 1992
D.L. University of Toronto, 1992
D.L. Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 1993
D.L. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, 1997
Litt.D. National University of Ireland, 1998
Litt.D. Wabash College, 1998
D.L. University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, 2000
D.L. Yale University, 2000
D.L. Tufts University, 2001
D.L. University of Aberdeen, 2001
D.L. Amherst College, 2002
D.L. Colby College, 2003
D.L. Bard College, 2005
D.L. Willamette University, 2008
D.L. Queen’s University Belfast, 2010

Fellowships, Grants, Awards, Elected Memberships, Etc.

Emmanuel College Tuition Scholarship, 1950-54

University of Louvain Fulbright Fellowship, 1954-55

Radcliffe College Tuition Fellowships, 1956-58

Harvard University Teaching Fellowships, 1957-60

Wellesley College Alice Freeman Palmer Fellowship, 1958-59

General Electric Humanities Fellowship, 1959 [resigned in favor of American Association of University Women (AAUW)]

AAUW National Fellowship, 1959-60

Phi Beta Kappa, 1960

Cornell University Research Grant-in-Aid, 1961

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Grant-in-Aid, 1964

The Explicator Prize, 1969; Honorable Mention, 1977

Modern Language Association (MLA) James Russell Lowell Prize, 1969

ACLS Senior Fellowship, 1971

Guggenheim Fellowship, 1971

NEH Senior Fellowship, 1971 (declined), l980-8l, l986-87, 2005-06

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Member, 1972

PEN American Center Member

Boston University Metcalf Teaching Award, 1975

National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, 1975

Harvard University Society of Fellows, Acting Senior Fellow, 1976-77; Senior Fellow, 1980-93; Acting Senior Fellow, 1996-97

Radcliffe College Graduate Society Medal, 1978

Churchill College Overseas Fellow, Cambridge, England, 1980

Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Teacher of the Year Finalist, 198l

National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Criticism, 1981

Amherst College Robert Frost Library Fellow, 1983

National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Criticism Finalist, 1983

Harvard University Walter Channing Cabot Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, l985-86

Fulbright Committee Distinguished Lecturer Program, l986

ACLS Travel Grant, l987

Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters Member, 1987

Rockefeller International Center Residency, Bellagio, Italy, 1987

Irish Scholarship Board Distinguished Lecturer Program, 1988

Hawthornden Castle Residency, 1989

Truman Capote Prize, University of Iowa Creative Writing

American Philosophical Society (APS) Member, 1992-

American Academy of Arts and Letters Member, 1993-

Magdalene College Parnell Fellow, Cambridge, England, 1994

Magdalene College Honorary Fellow, Cambridge, England, 1996

Yaddo Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger Residency, 1997

Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study, Fellow

National Book Critics’ Circle Award Finalist for The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, 1998

University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities Visiting Fellow, 1998

W. B. Yeats Society of New York, M. L. Rosenthal Award, 1998, 2000

Yaddo Residency, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2010

Bucknell University Award for Merit, 1999

Who’s Who in America, 1980-

Council of the APS Henry Allen Moe Prize, 2000

Council of the APS Thomas Jefferson Medal, 2000

University of Aberdeen James Murray Brown Lecturer, 2000

Centro Studi Ligure, Bogliasco Fellowship Residency, 2002

NEH Jefferson Lecturer, 2004

Berlin Prize Fellowship, American Academy of Berlin, 2006

National Humanities Center (NHC) Meymandi Residency, 2006

American Academy of Arts and Letters Vice-President for Literature, 2007-10

National Gallery of Art Mellon Lecturer, “Last Looks, Last Books: Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, Merrill.” Washington DC, 2007

Exemplary Performance Report, NEH Summer Seminar for Teachers, 2008

Siemens Stiftung Fellow, Munich, Spring 2009

 



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