By Robert Pack
Robert Pack is a poet, critic, and director of the Bread Loaf Writers' convention. during this quantity he deals 20 essays at the craft of writing and the character of lyric poetry. He can pay homage to these grasp poets whose excessive achievements have encouraged his personal paintings, and he displays on human mortality and the consolations that aid us to outlive - the comparable pleasures of poetry, laughter, and track. the 1st component of the booklet involves 3 essays facing the poem as a kind of the doubling of attention, poetic inheritance and the experience of culture, and poetic artwork as a sort of laughter. Pack examines poetic texts as a severe observer, yet ends every one essay with subjective reflections. the second one part includes 14 short essays on quite a few points of poetic craft, the feel of literary group, the connection among poetry and song, among poetry and technological know-how, among one's psychology and one's mind's eye. casual and anecdotal, those meditations mix literary research and perception with own revelation. The 3rd part consists of 3 essays, all grounded within the author's interpreting of the "Book of Job". the 1st develops a comparability among Darwin's idea of evolution and identical to God as an amoral author within the "Book of Job". the second one strains the impression of the "Book of activity" on poems by means of Blake, Hopkins, Frost, and Stevens. The 3rd explores the subjects of betrayal and nothingness via a longer comparability of the "Book of task" and "King Lear".