In this anthology English author Alan Bennett, chooses six poets to not only display and explain their works but to break down the author themselves.
The six poets are Thomas Hardy, A. E. Housman, John Betjeman, W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, and Philip Larkin.
I decided to step out my recent norm and read some poetry. But not just any poetry but what is considered classic poetry from authors in England.
I enjoyed this book. Not only did it introduce me to poets I have never heard of but I actually liked some of the poetry. For each poet, their writing was a hit or miss. Not every poem was good, even with Bennett’s explanation for the piece.
All the poets wrote in a realistic manner. What I mean by this is they took more of non whimsical approach to their works. This is not to say that their poetry lacked imagination because it didn’t. It just wasn’t as romantic (nothing is wrong with that).
What I loved the most about this book was Bennett’s insight to the poets and each poem he presented. He made things easier to understand and he justified the poets and their words. Granted no writer really needs to justify their writing but I was able to appreciated it more.
My only issue with this book is I wish it was formatted differently. Not sure if it was because I was reading it on a kindle but it came off overwhelming and without proper dividers. I lied. My other issue with this book is the lack of women.
Overall I enjoyed this.