Drinks with Dead Poets: The Autumn Term
Poet Glyn Maxwell wakes up in a mysterious village one autumn day. He has no idea how he got there – is he dead? in a coma? dreaming? – but he has a strange feeling there’s a class to teach. And isn’t that the poet Keats wandering down the lane? Why not askhim to give a reading, do a Q and A, hit the pub with the students
Poetry is close to my heart, so I was bound to enjoy this book from the get go. I was not prepared how much I would love it. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me pick up a pen and write again.
I think this will go on my "read it over and over again" shelf.
It’s a novel. Many wonderful poems ...more
This review was originally published on my blog, Literary Alliteration
*I received an arc through netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
/ 5 stars.
I’m usually intimidated by poetry because I generally don’t understand it. It has always been either hit or miss for me, and sadly mostly miss. Then came along this peculiar novel.
A professor, who shares ...more
This one takes the same basic premise and expands on it. There's a wise teacher (the Author) who finds himself teaching a poetry class to mature students - this time on a dreamlike university campus somewhere rural. It's always Thursday for some reason, but we follow this weekly class for the full term, and the (dead) poets on the reading list actually turn up! and chat ...more
greets the reader in a confused state: he unsure of where he is, or how he landed there, but he is leading a rather unorthodox (and unofficial) college class in poetry and his students experience a series of notable guests from Keats to Whitman to the Brownings and Poe.
The magic of this book is not ...more
I have to admit, I find poetry quite the minefield and it's an area of literature that I'm not overly familiar with. I own the odd poetry book that I've read some of but I've yet to really understand poetry and love it in a way that many people do.
This is a great book for newbies to poetry. Mixing story with lessons and the addition of actually meeting the dead poets in each chapter meant that it felt less like ...more
It made ...more
I enjoyed every word that was written on the pages and felt a sense of loss when I finished the story.
Will be reading this book again as I enjoyed it so much.
Thank you to Goodreads and Oberon books for giving me the chance of reading this wonderful book.
It was really appreciated.
I liked this book. Poet Glyn Maxwell wakes up in a mysterious village one autumn day. He has no idea how he got there—is he dead? In a coma? Dreaming?—but he has a strange feeling there’s a class to teach.
Then he sees all these poets there, just walking around. A dream come true, all the poets he loves right there in front of him.
Such a novel concept: a man teaches a poetry class and all the dead poets turn up and explain their works. A great idea for humorous and informative profiles of history's greatest poets. The genius is in the fact that all the poets' spoken words are lifted right out of their own writings. What a concept!! I loved the realisation of this ...more
Our author wakes up to find himself in a sleepy village one autumn day with no recollection of how he got there. He ends ups teaching poetry reading classes to a group of fictional students. Famous poets such as Keats, Lord Byron, Emily Dickinson etc turn up each week for a reading and a Q&A session.
It’s a brilliant book which is basically a homage to the long departed, the lives of the students and a ...more
His nine volumes of poetry include The Breakage, Hide Now, and Pluto, all of which were shortlisted for either the Forward or T. S. Eliot Prizes, and The Nerve, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He was one of the original ‘New Generation Poets’ in 1993, along with Simon Armitage, ...more