Rather than approach his subject from the now trendy political angle, Flesch (Comeuppance) focuses on 19th-century British poetry's aesthetics and content, with an engaging overview of both period and contemporary interpretations. Alphabetized entries include the concepts, movements, groups, notable poems, and renowned poets of the 1800s. Running several pages, entries feature verse excerpts, term explanations, career biographies, and further reading titles. Rounding out the book are a four-page glossary of abstruse poetic terms and an eight-page bibliography. This wonderful reference engagingly informs without the leaden prose that sometimes accompanies incisive scholarship.