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Terry Eagleton has a great mind and a passion for literature,
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and is very funny as well.His style is immensely readable and his arguments are absorbing but he seldom comes across as dogmatic or lofty. He seems like the kind of guy you would learn more from over a pint of guinness than in a lecture theatre. There are lots of poems in this book which is always a good sign. The author really illuminates them as he comments on them and I certainly do appreciate the work of Keats and Edward Thomas a whole lot more than before I read this book. Shame there is so much Yeats but I guess that is a personal thing.The only other down side to this book, which he points out himself at the beginning, is that it starts in the wrong place! The first part of the book is quite dense and academic and I was beginning to think I must be a bit dim but the second part is readily understandable and enjoyable. It is quite a slim volume and very succinct compared to any other academic books about poetry I have read. I am a layperson who never got beyond O level English but I was able to get a lot from this book to enhance my enjoyment of reading and writing poetry.