Thursday, August 29, 2013

Restating the obvious …

… Comfort For Sad Souls | Standpoint. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Drury's scholarship is old school in all the best ways. He goes to archival material, unpicks palimpsests, brings experience to bear, and shares his findings with generosity and evident love for his subject. At times the structure is a little awkward to assimilate from the reader's point of view, yet forgiveable when taken as the hazard not only of marrying the scholarly with the commercial but also drawing the life out of the poetry, particularly when exact dates of poetical composition are hard to come by.

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