Paglia's precise and often gracious readings of these poems (her choices, with a careful afterword explaining why) rather than lengthy academic folderol mark this collection as my... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Larry Woiwode
Love this book. Paglia is contrarian and smart. Her essays are intriguing. I use them in my AP Lit class to help students develop awareness of both voice and critical approaches. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Elizabeth B.
a poetry class with an erudite no nonsense teacher--that you don't have to get up at 8 for and for which you are not graded! Read morePublished 8 months ago by S. Chatterjee
Sometimes Paglia goes a bit far in her interpretations, it seems. It's a great book to have with you when you want to read and then read about one poem. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Claire S. Warren
One does not have to agree with Dr. Paglia's politics or social views to appreciate the depth of scholarship found her observations of these important works. Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Ralph H. Didlake
From the title's clever juxtaposition of John Donne's Metaphysics and 1950's Beat poets to Joni's Mitchell's whimsical "Woodstock" - the author's tacit declaration that poetry died... Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Gary Griffiths
I have never been much of a poetry person but this book really gave me a lot of food for thought. Some of the essays are definitely better than others (I pretty much skipped the... Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by D. Aziz
Camille Paglia's BREAK BLOW BURN contains a brilliant interpretation of forty-three of the world's best poems. Read morePublished on February 3, 2011 by Anthony J. Vetrano