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Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-three of the World's Best Poems Hardcover – 1 Apr 2005

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  • Hardcover: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; New title edition (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375420843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375420849
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.8 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

" She flies as high as you can go. . . . Bold and convincing. . . . Exemplary. . . . A rich book."
- "The New York Times Book Review"
" The chapter on Sylvia Plath' s ' Daddy' will take the top of your head off!" - James Wolcott
" As entertaining as it is dazzingly erudite, "Break, Blow, Burn" is capable of re-energizing any reader' s engagement with poetry."
- Francine du Plessix Gray, "The Week"
" I hope a lot of people read this book. . . . There wasn' t a commentary where I didn' t learn something about the poem in question, no matter how familiar the poem was." - Philip Marchand, "Toronto Star"
" It will have students storming the walls of tomorrow' s English departments, mad for poetry again." - "St. Petersburg Times"
" Dazzling. . . . Bursts with her ingenuity. . . . Brilliant insights . . . permeate the book. . . . Readers receive a marvelous education."
- "Rocky Mountain News"

" Paglia' s vision is always fresh. . . . She makes a fascinating and challenging reading companion. These essays will inspire anyone to turn back to poetry again." - "The Times "(London)

"She flies as high as you can go. . . . Bold and convincing. . . . Exemplary. . . . A rich book."
-"The New York Times Book Review"
"The chapter on Sylvia Plath's 'Daddy' will take the top of your head off!" -James Wolcott
"As entertaining as it is dazzingly erudite, "Break, Blow, Burn" is capable of re-energizing any reader's engagement with poetry."
-Francine du Plessix Gray, "The Week"
"I hope a lot of people read this book. . . . There wasn't a commentary where I didn't learn something about the poem in question, no matter how familiar the poem was." -Philip Marchand, "Toronto Star"
"It will have students storming the walls of tomorrow's English departments, mad for poetry again." -"St. Petersburg Times"
"Dazzling. . . . Bursts with her ingenuity. . . . Brilliant insights . . . permeate the book. . . . Readers receive a marvelous education."
-"Rocky Mountain News"
"Paglia's vision is always fresh. . . . She makes a fascinating and challenging reading companion. These essays will inspire anyone to turn back to poetry again." -"The Times "(London)

She flies as high as you can go. . . . Bold and convincing. . . . Exemplary. . . . A rich book.
The New York Times Book Review
The chapter on Sylvia Plath s Daddy will take the top of your head off! James Wolcott
As entertaining as it is dazzingly erudite, Break, Blow, Burn is capable of re-energizing any reader s engagement with poetry.
Francine du Plessix Gray, The Week
I hope a lot of people read this book. . . . There wasn t a commentary where I didn t learn something about the poem in question, no matter how familiar the poem was. Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
It will have students storming the walls of tomorrow s English departments, mad for poetry again. St. Petersburg Times
Dazzling. . . . Bursts with her ingenuity. . . . Brilliant insights . . . permeate the book. . . . Readers receive a marvelous education.
Rocky Mountain News
Paglia s vision is always fresh. . . . She makes a fascinating and challenging reading companion. These essays will inspire anyone to turn back to poetry again. The Times (London)"

She flies as high as you can go. . . . Bold and convincing. . . . Exemplary. . . . A rich book.

The New York Times Book Review

The chapter on Sylvia Plath s Daddy will take the top of your head off! James Wolcott

As entertaining as it is dazzingly erudite, Break, Blow, Burn is capable of re-energizing any reader s engagement with poetry.

Francine du Plessix Gray, The Week

I hope a lot of people read this book. . . . There wasn t a commentary where I didn t learn something about the poem in question, no matter how familiar the poem was. Philip Marchand, Toronto Star

It will have students storming the walls of tomorrow s English departments, mad for poetry again. St. Petersburg Times

Dazzling. . . . Bursts with her ingenuity. . . . Brilliant insights . . . permeate the book. . . . Readers receive a marvelous education.

Rocky Mountain News

Paglia s vision is always fresh. . . . She makes a fascinating and challenging reading companion. These essays will inspire anyone to turn back to poetry again. The Times (London)

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"She flies as high as you can go. . . . Bold and convincing. . . . Exemplary. . . . A rich book."

-The New York Times Book Review

"The chapter on Sylvia Plath's 'Daddy' will take the top of your head off!" -James Wolcott

"As entertaining as it is dazzingly erudite, Break, Blow, Burn is capable of re-energizing any reader's engagement with poetry."

-Francine du Plessix Gray, The Week

"I hope a lot of people read this book. . . . There wasn't a commentary where I didn't learn something about the poem in question, no matter how familiar the poem was." -Philip Marchand, Toronto Star

"It will have students storming the walls of tomorrow's English departments, mad for poetry again." -St. Petersburg Times

"Dazzling. . . . Bursts with her ingenuity. . . . Brilliant insights . . . permeate the book. . . . Readers receive a marvelous education."

-Rocky Mountain News

"Paglia's vision is always fresh. . . . She makes a fascinating and challenging reading companion. These essays will inspire anyone to turn back to poetry again." -The Times (London)

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Inside Flap

"Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-three of the World's Best Poems is destined to become a landmark. In it, America's premier intellectual provocateur explores and celebrates a series of great poems of the Western tradition, including some surprising discoveries of her own. She brings new energy and insight to our understanding of poems we already know, such as masterpieces by Shakespeare, Donne, Shelley, Dickinson, Lowell, and Plath. She leads us to appreciate the artistry of writers with whom we may not be familiar, such as Chuck Wachtel and Wanda Coleman. And she hails the songwriter Joni Mitchell as a major contemporary poet.
Daring, erudite, entertaining, and infused throughout with Paglia's inimitable style and passion, this beautifully written book--and the dazzling mind behind it--will entice readers to begin or renew a passionate engagement with poetry.

"From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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