The Grand Dame of Poetry Criticism

No one has had the public impact of the rigorously untheoretical Helen Vendler

List: Selection of Helen Vendler's published works

In literary conversation, she is sometimes called "Dame Helen" -- a nickname that can be affectionate or sarcastic, occasionally a little of both. No American critic writing about contemporary poetry has quite the prominence of Helen Vendler, the A. Kingsley Porter university professor at Harvard University. Over the past four decades, her reviews