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The Poets' Dante

The Poets' Dante

Twentieth-Century Responses

Edited by Peter S. Hawkins and Rachel Jacoff

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


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Essays on the most celebrated Italian poet by eminent poets
of the twentieth century

"Perhaps confessions by poets, of what Dante has meant to them, may even contribute something to the appreciation of Dante himself."
-T. S. Eliot

The great fourteenth-century poet has been an unequaled influence on many writers in the twentieth century, whose "confessions" may well foster a deeper appreciation of Dante. Previously published essays by some of this century's most renowned poets-Pound, Eliot, Mandelstam, Robert Fitzgerald, Borges, Merrill, Montale, Lowell, Duncan, Auden, Yeats, Charles Williams, Nemerov, Heaney-join new essays commissioned by the editors. Contemporary poets Mary Campbell, W. S. Di Piero, J. D. McClatchy, W. S. Merwin, Robert Pinsky, Rosanna Warren, Alan Williamson, and Charles Wright reflect on Dante as well as on their own complex (and often contentious) relationship to his legacy. Their engagement with his work offers a fresh perspective on the Commedia and its author that more academic writing does not provide.

As the editors write, a new consideration of Dante "should generate insights not only about his work but also about poetry written in our own language and time.


Praise for The Poets' Dante

“Dante is more than a revered bygone giant. There has never been so much evidence of his continuing vitality.” —The Economist

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About the author

Edited by Peter S. Hawkins and Rachel Jacoff

Peter S. Hawkins is Professor of Religion and Literature at Boston University and director of the Luce Program in Scripture and Literary Arts.

Rachel Jacoff is Professor of Italian at Wellesley College.

Peter Hawkins

Rachel Jacoff

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