In his poems and letters, the American poet Anthony Hecht (1923–2004) engaged in a "warm, complex embrace" of Shakespeare's works, in the words of UCLA Distinguished Professor of English Jonathan F.S. Post. A noted Hecht and Shakespeare scholar, Post spoke on Hecht's "Bard to Bard" connection with Shakespeare. Anthony Hecht, a lifelong Shakespearean and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, was an honorary member of the Folger’s Poetry Board.
Jonathan Post | Shecht speare: From Bard to Bard
From a March 29, 2013 Folger Lecture in conjunction with the seventh annual Member Appreciation Weekend 2013.
Jonathan F. S. Post is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), where he has taught since 1980. Post, who has served as chair of the department and has twice been interim dean of humanities, is also the founding and current director of the UCLA Summer Shakespeare Program in Stratford and London.
He is the editor of The Selected Letters of Anthony Hecht (2013) and Green Thoughts, Green Shades: Essays by Contemporary Poets on the Early Modern Lyric (2002), among other works. He is also the editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare's Poetry, with contributions from 38 scholars.
Post has held fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Endowment of the Humanities, the Bogliasco Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.