Beginning with his first poem appearing in a literary journal at age 14, acclaimed Canadian-American poet Daryl Hine published eleven books of verse over a fifty-three year period - many now long out
Beginning with his first poem appearing in a literary journal at age 14, acclaimed Canadian-American poet Daryl Hine published eleven books of verse over a fifty-three year period - many now long out of print. This book presents Hine's own selection of his best collected and uncollected lyric poems, including that first poem, thematically divided into four sections - art, love, place, and time.
Internationally celebrated for his translations and his poetry, Hine's virtuoso attention to form and the resonance of his details make these poems some of the finest written in the English language.
This collection includes an introduction by the author.
For his control of learning and wit I can think of few poets alive who can approach him. There are very few poets as good as Daryl Hine and almost none like him."
-- John Hollander
"I cannot tell how it is that Daryl Hine knows so much, but it is his poetry which knows. . . his poetry does the telling. If that is what it means to be civilized, witty, playful and urbane. . . such provocations afford us access to experience in a heightened register, a major key."
-- Richard Howard
". . . there is a heroic sense in these poems of a need to parry [the world's onslaughts with steely verbal elegance. . . typical of his civilized erotic self-criticism, somewhat elevated in traditional form. . . I find him sometimes a slightly disconcerting blend of openness and fastidiousness. . . frequently, touching, exact, musical and evocative."
-- John Fuller, T.L.S.
"Hine is a superb poetic craftsman. . . a 'geographer of the word'. . . one is overwhelm-ingly aware of these poems as poems."
Letter to Shadow Les Yeux de la Tête Trompe l'Oeil Tabula Rasa The Devil's Picture Book Second Thoughts Lectio Difficilior Bluebeard's Wife Wittgenstein Museum of Science and Industry Petitio Principi My Optics Window or Wall Memo to Gongora Psyche Genesis Postscript Anagrams Tableau Vivant Homilies on the Death of David Hill, Painter (1914-1976) Woodcuts: Au Bois Dormant Canzone Codex The Ouija Board Echo The Black Swan Speculations
"YOU, OFTEN LOST, BELOVED OTHER"
A Conceit The Doublegoer Atlantic and Pacific Splendidior Vitro Aubade The Lake The Boat Osiris Dismembered Osiris Remembered What's His Face Someone Else's Congratulations Aftermath Sonnets of Detection Don Juan in Amsterdam A Trophy Villanelle: Under the Hill Phoenix Culpa The Anatomy Lesson Sestina Contra Naturam The Gift Charm T.E. L. Eclogue Tristan Summer Afternoon A Visit Letting Go The Nap Noctium Phantasmata I Noctium Phantasmata II Patroclus Putting on the Armour of Achilles Apart from You The Wound Lines on a Platonic Friendship
"PLACES HAVE NO MEMORY FOR FACES"
Commonplaces Plain Fare A B.C. Diary A Tour in the Forest Northwest Passages Point Grey In the Mountains On this Rock Foreign Parts Acre The Square A Thousand Words Chorus Côte de Liesse Flavigny-sur-Ozerain Arrondissements The Marché aux Puces and the Jardin des Plantes The Pavilion Choubouloute Yucatan Remarks Not Literature? English Elegaics Envoi Linear A The Retreat Farewell to the Point On the Water The Wave Copied in Camoes Raleigh's Last Voyage Among Islands The Wreath Total Immersion Lovers of the River The Trout Sine Qua Non
"ORIENT YOURSELF IN TIME"
Palinode Terminal Conversation Omega Page by Page Clepsydra Paraphrase Burnt Out A Bewilderment At The Entrance Of The Fat Boy Into Eden Sunrise at Sabrevois Qualis Artifex Pereo Singular Sunset A Rebours The Apple of Discord Editio Princeps A Present Digression Riddle The Copper Maple Cloture Annuelle Rates of Change Withdrawal Blight on Elm Stanzas in Memoriam Elementary Alchemy Strophes Windfall The First Si Monumentum Horace: Odes I,ix Lucus a Non Lucendo Nox Nocti Indicat Scientiam Animula Vagula Blandula "Le Sommeil est une Image de la Mort" Persephone The Great Low Chamber Fragment Nil Nisi Bonum Panta Rhei Ovid's Sorrows in Exile
"(Hine) strikes the right balance between sound and sense, as in the latter half of "Panta Rhei," he achieves a state that critics sometimes shy away from judging and perhaps no longer much believe in, aesthetic perfection." — poetryfoundation.org
"The book is full of everything from travel poems to biographical sketches to meditations on mythology, animals, cities, and history, to writing-about-writing to domestic dramas, each beautifully crafted and flawlessly composed. Only a glutton could ask for more." — The Malahat Review
"Hine's descriptive chops remain considerable, and when he strikes the right balance between sound and sense, and in the latter half of 'Panta Rhei,' he achiebes a state that critics sometimes shy away from judging and perhaps no longer much believe in, aesthetic perfection." — Book Review Digest
Daryl Hine was born in 1936 in British Columbia, Canada. He studied Classics and Philosophy at McGill University and after an interval abroad took a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago in 1967. From 1968 to 1978 he edited Poetry (Chicago), and has taught at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, and Northwestern.