Breakfast Served Any Time All Day: Essays on Poetry New and Selected

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University of Michigan Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 220 pages
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Breakfast Served Any Time All Day collects forty years of writings on poetry in one essential volume by master of American letters Donald Hall.

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". . . the essays in this book are engaging, passionate, strange, and unified. Hall has been around a long time, and you can trace the concerns of a generation through the mind of this one man: questions about the diminished scope of poetry, the diminished ambitions of poets, how a poem 'means,' etc. . . . . Criticism . . . is an exercise in sanity, of which these essays are a splendid and useful example."
-Poetry

"A luminous and essential volume about the sensuality of language, its pleasures and sounds."
-Ploughshares

"It is in this merger of a poet's biography and a poem's body that Hall does his best work. . . . [Breakfast Served Any Time All Day] has an undeniably infectious quality to it. Finishing it, you cannot help but want to return to your bookshelf, and read-again or for the first time-the great forgotten poems of our past."
-Nathan Greenwood Thompson, Rain Taxi
 

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Contents

Preface
Metallic Flowers
15
Goatfoot MilktongueTwinbird
31
Marvells Manyness
59
Robert Frost Corrupted
81
Pounds Sounds
100
Lament for a Maker
132
Theory
147
Poloniuss Advice toYoung Poets
175
Naming the Skin
190
On Moving Ones Lips While Reading
206
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Donald Hall is the founding editor of the Poets on Poetry series from the University of Michigan Press.

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