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I'm not sure I can agree.
For a first year student of English; this book seems vastly unreadable. Both the manner of writing and the content provided are portrayed in a complex jumble of quotes and
references, with each chapter making one or two points which tend to not be consistent.
A chapter may take a subject and a single poem (e.g. Chapter 4) and spend pages analysing the poem, making poorly formatted extrapolations and not really answer any real questions. Another note would be to criticise the relentless deployment of poorly-explained or unexplained '-isms' which regularly function to confuse, or make vague, certain aims of the points being made.
Unfortunately, this isn't a book for me. Even more unfortunately, it's a book I'm forced to read.
 

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