In these eloquent essays on recent American, British, and Irish poetry, Helen Vendler shows us contemporary life and culture captured in lyric form by some of our most celebrated poets. An incomparable reader of poetry, Vendler explains its power; it is, she says, the voice of the soul, rather than the socially marked self, speaking directly to us through the stylization of verse.

Soul Says: On Recent Poetry 1996, Belknap Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674821477

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Soul Says: On Recent Poetry, 1995, Belknap Press, Cambridge, MA

ISBN-13: 9780674821460