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Rhyme's Rooms by Brad Leithauser
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Feb 01, 2022 | ISBN 9780525655053

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“If Hogwarts Academy recommended this book of practical magic for its Defense Against the Dark Arts curriculum, that wouldn’t be the only excellent reason to buy it. Professor Leithauser knows as much about poetry as anyone alive, and he’s very good company—synoptic, insightful, funny. And the illustrative dollops and samples he brings to table (many of them new to me) might be another reason enough to get this book. It’s a dessert-cart to delight the literary and remind apostates whyever they thought they loved poetry in the first place.” —Richard Kenney, author of Terminator

“An absolutely extraordinary piece of scholarship/criticism and poetic listening. I was again and again amazed at the range, the inventiveness, and the high poetic level of the prose.” —William Pritchard, Critic and Professor Emeritus at Amherst College

“Brad Leithauser’s every written sentence is infused with music. Part of my own page-by-page delight, roaming through Rhyme’s Rooms, was imagining how much my father would have relished Leithauser’s ardent plunge into the workings of poetry. Leonard Bernstein, who loved words as passionately as he did notes, would have instantly recognized a kindred spirit: another joyful laborer in the pastures of sonority and rhythmic muscle; a fellow reveler in the beauty of rigor, and the rigor of beauty.” —Jamie Bernstein, author of Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

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