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Halfway Down the Hall: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan Poetry) [Paperback]

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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 1998
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819522511  
EAN  9780819522511  

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Rachel Hadas brings an acute perception and a rich education to her exquisitely crafted poetry. As James Merrill wrote, Hadas's "honeyed words and bracing forms . . . over and over bring the mind to its senses." Rooted in the domestic and illuminated by Hadas's lifelong engagement with classics, the poems gathered here, many in traditional forms, draw out the relationships between life, love, time and art. This collection will be welcomed by all who love Hadas's strongly etched lines and passionate intelligence.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Rachel Hadas is Professor of English at Rutgers University. Her books include Indelible (2001), Living in Time (1990), Pass It On (1989), The Empty Bed (1995), A Son from Sleep (1987), and Slow Transparency (1983).

Rachel Hadas currently resides in the state of New Jersey. Rachel Hadas has an academic affiliation as follows - Rutgers University.

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Evocative, Tender, Muscial  Sep 11, 1999
I found this to be a wonderful book of poetry, particularly those poems written most recently. Hadas excells at writing about the everyday, for she turns the everyday into an occasion for seeing and feeling more keenly. And I love the music and wit of her couplets. This is a book to read aloud, to teach, and to enjoy.
Mediocre  Jul 12, 1999
A friend of mine suggested I read this collection because she knows I prefer metrical verse. Unfortunately, although many of the poems in this selection are formal, they aren't all that good. The metrical poems are proficient though not deft (one wishes for the music of a Donald Justice or cleverness of an Anthony Hecht), but the poems rarely involve you; the poems seem too much like diary work, which is great for the writer but not so great for others. I am not a poetry critic, but I can say this book isn't what I thought it was going to be. I figured a selected poems would be the best poems by the poet. After reading it, I am not up to reading her life's work to see if they were, in fact, the best.
Lacks invention, but strong on style and message.  Apr 1, 1999
Personnaly, I find the poetry in this book to be very powerful, if not as technically appealing as some of the other contemporary poets of the day. Her meter is slightly over done, but the rhythm that is established, powers the poem along to its conclusion. Her imagery and use of such literary tricks as consonance and assonance never fails to intrigue and delight me. It is a successful, though not triumphant work which deserves reading, and becomes more compelling once it is dissected for its technical style.
Dull, Dry, Disappointing.  Mar 23, 1999
It seems that putting out a Selected Poems of some type is currently en vogue. Witness the fact there are suddenly Selected Poems out from poets who have only 2 or 3 books. Rachel Hadas has numerous books of poetry, and seeing a selection from all of them leaves me wondering how on earth she has published so much. The poems are as dry and as dull as they come. Her use of meter is so thudding it gives one a headache. She isn't artful, clever, or moving. Her poems are rarely ever surprising. A few of the early poems showed promise, but Hadas hasn't lived up to that promise. She, like many poets in her generation, is living on her name and her false reputation. This is the work of someone entrenched in the poetry "industry" and not the work of a poet. A disappointing selection of poems.

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