Williams' prose style is graceful and exact ... Defending Poetry is especially appealing in its implicit protest to academic trends which ask us to read poetry in search of its (dis)contents, political or otherwise. Woven into Williams' good book is an appreciation for the intellectual and spiritual experience of reading -the dance of the intellect, the music of the language, the very look of words on the page, and above all the radical challenge to prevailing powers that caused Plato to banish poets from his ideal republic in the first place. Alex Shakespeare, Christianity and Literature informative and rewarding. Michael McKie, Essays in Criticism a very interesting argument indeed, and in his opening sections Williams defends it with vigour, sensitivity and an astonishing range of reference. Stephen Prickett, Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
was educated at Harvard University, The University of St Andrews, and Balliol College, Oxford, where he completed his doctoral work. He is currently a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and a Junior Research Fellow in English at Hertford College, Oxford.