Break, Blow, Burn

Break, Blow, Burn

Book - 2005
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Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: 821.09 P183b
Characteristics: xvii, 247 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 01, 2016

I completely enjoyed reading BREAK BLOW BURN! Camille Paglia is such a skilled and playful writer, that her mini-essays on each of the forty-three selections stand as works of analytic art on their own.

Paglia sheds new light on poems I've been reading forever, like "Ozymandias" by Shelley, "Daddy" by Plath, and "Root Cellar" by Roethke, and poems I had yet to discover, like "This Is Just To Say" by William Carlos Williams, and "Cuttings" by Roethke. The longest essay, devoted to Sylvia Plath, is 10 pages long. This is great for quick bite-sized reading sessions, or in big gobs if you're just crazy and love poetry. 5 stars.

Jun 23, 2016

I really enjoyed this book and found it enlightening, and a bit provocative. There are forty-two poems she writes short (two to six pages) expository essays about. No concluding chapter, but it does have a section giving biographical paragraphs of the poets featured. I wish there were more books like this.

Dec 10, 2012

This book is an insight into Camille Paglia's literary taste and teaching style. Pretty interesting, enjoyable, and provocative (like always).

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