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The Hatred of PoetryThe Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Poet/novelist Ben Lerner writes an essay about why people hate poetry, using this antipathy as a defense of it. Citing numerous poets and critics, classic and contemporary, Lerner demonstrates a keen grasp of poetry and its history and he writes convincingly and smartly about what poetry should or should not "do." As someone who actively reads poetry much more than I used to, I found the essay interesting and enlightening, if not exactly conclusive.



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