Helen Vendler — American Critic born on April 30, 1933,

Helen Hennessy Vendler is an American literary critic and is the A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard University... (wikipedia)

I like art history and art criticism. Leo Steinberg has always been my favorite. He's very original, very accurate and acute.
I liked teaching Henry James. When you look down at a Henry James novel from a helicopter height, you find an intricate spider web that all clings together.
The art of utterance persuades initially by its music and its rhythm, before semiotic or personal characteristics come into play.
If you like the precision and concision of poetry, a page of prose is unsatisfying in a certain way. And poetry is so direct.
There are not many poets whose fame rests on a single work.