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Very good but something missing..
on 7 March 2004
Let me first say that I'm glad I bought this book, it really is useful but it does have a major failing. It was only after reading it for a while that I realised something was missing; namely poetry from outside the US. I have rechecked the book and there is hardly any mention of poets in the English language who are not American. Shakespeare does get a mention, they couldn't get away with leaving him out. No Byron, Wordsworth, Rossetti, Hughes, Larkin, Yeats, Keats, Spencer, Chaucer, Heaney, Housman and so on. Quite how you can expect to teach poetry without referencing this rich legacy I don't know. However, the authors do provide sound technical advice and there are lots of exercises to try.