on 10 December 2011
This collection of essays reveals Wendell Berry to be a lot more than a simple versifier and indeed a critic of the poetic process, of considerable standing. His examination of poetry anciemt and modern aswell as the proper use of language are meticulously reasoned pieces of academic rhetoric that requires close reading to appreciate in full. B ut if you are someone with a love of the use of language in debate and the deployment of propositions in establishing a principle, then this is definitely for you. There is none of the felicity of poetry to be found here; merely a well educated man defending all that he holds dear about the use of English. The very first essay makes clear that he is not with the modernisers and is almost scornful of the 1970's inclination to protest poetry, which he considers an abuse of the poetic idiom.