Uninformed Reviewing and a Saturday Poem

On the subject of informed reviewing, I decided to participate a while back in the Blog a Penguin Classic effort, and my randomly chosen book was the complete poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Now, I don’t want to complain too much, as this is certainly easier than some of the other random assignments (can’t remember now who on LT got The Dead Sea Scrolls, but I feel for you). I don’t read a lot of poetry by any means, and know extremely little about it. That said, Coleridge is probably on the easier end of poetry in terms of reviewing in aesthetic terms, which is I expect all I’ll be able to do. And that’s fine. So that’s an upcoming adventure.

I’m in the middle of the latest book in the Canongate Myths series, and I’m not 100% feeling it, so Thursday night I took a bit of a break from it. Proceeding to avoid the Coleridge as well, I picked up one of the only poets I really like, Leonard Cohen. So I will leave you with a weekend poem, “My Room.”

Come down to my room
I was thinking about you
and I made a pass at myself

4 comments to Uninformed Reviewing and a Saturday Poem

  • readerville

    Thanks so much for your compliments and re-nomination. I really appreciate it!

  • I’m almost glad I missed out on the Penguin Classics. So far everyone has received books totally out of their field of interest! It’s sad, there are a lot of great classics out there.

  • Meghan: I know, but I think that’s just it—there are a lot of great classics in the line, and a random selection is probably bound to have this effect. In many ways I am happy with the selection, as it is relatively painless (c.f. Dead Sea Scrolls!) and something I probably “should” read. Cultural touchstone and all that.

    It’s true though, I don’t think I’ve heard of a single person getting any sort of novel at all.

  • If you do not actually, literally, read the actual complete poems of Coleridge before reviewing the book, you will not be alone, and no one will complain, including the fine folks at Penguin Classics.

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