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Posted January 23, 2006
Great book because it reinvigorates the idea and method of 'close reading.' A poem is read as a moment in time, so explicating it as a moment in time seems to work for me. I, for one, would rather try to understand a poem without having to know or be burdened with where the poem or poet might stand in the canon of quality literature. I don't think I would have added the poems by Lowell or Plath (both, especially Plath, are too self-absorbed), but the selections from Yeats and Stevens are good, and the poem by May Swenson is just beautiful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 27, 2013
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