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Drinks with Dead Poets: The Autumn Term

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  20 reviews
I am walking along a lane with no earthly idea why…

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

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Published September 20th 2016 by Oberon Books
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Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I will never look at a blank page the same way again.

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.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
I rarely write negative reviews – I prefer to just abandon a book and move on. But I was provoked by reading on the cover that “this is the best book about poetry I’ve ever read” (The Guardian), “among my indispensible books” (Poetry Review) and a “modern classic (The Spectator), and also so many enthusiastic reviews on Goodreads; it would be cowardly of me to shrink from the task. I need to warn you – don’t read this book. There are far better alternatives.

It’s a novel. Many wonderful poems
Julie • (
I've learned so much. This book has it's own kind of magic, it's made me appreciate poetry and what it can do, which I thought was impossible.

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
Timothy Urban
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this because I read On Poetry by the same author, a book I gave the full 5 stars to. A little masterpiece, in my opinion.

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
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: quirky, netgalley
Glyn Maxwell has written a quirky and challenging book that presents itself as a novel, but might more accurately be read as a guide to reading and understanding poetry. Maxwell's principal character
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
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Drinks with Dead Poets is a wonderfully eccentric book that defies categorization. Poet and teacher Glyn Maxwell is scheduled to teach a poetry class on a campus in a village that he doesn't recognize and can't remember coming to. Every Thursday until the end of term, he awakens in the same room in the same village to teach his class, each featuring a different poet's work. It so happens that the poets whose work Maxwell is teaching are all dead, and Student Services has booked them as visiting ...more
Christopher Walborn
Drinks with Dead Poets is a follow on from Maxwell's On Poetry. If you've read and appreciated that book, then you're well situated to read and appreciate this book. What it is not is a novel which functions primarily in terms of what happens to the protagonist, nor how the protagonist develops as a character. What it is, rather, is a fictional conceit which gives Maxwell the space to talk about reading and writing poetry without being godawful boring as he channels the perfunctory "poetry ...more
January Gray
I really wanted to like this book and I tried several times, but it did not grab nor hold my attention. Maybe it's just me?
Aug 21, 2017 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I bloody loved this book. I can’t believe it took me 5 years to read something else by Maxwell (what was I thinking) because I distinctly remember absolutely loving ‘On Poetry’ and thinking thank god, Poetry without the Piffle. DWDP is one of those books, I suspect, if I’d have read it when I was 15, I may not have done Science A Levels and sleepwalked my way through University to a reliable pension. A wonderful mixture of Lit.Crit., Biog, Fantasy and Real Life (current and historical).
It made
Shirley Revill
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
This book should be included on everyone's bucket list, it is awesome.
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.
Bridgett Brown
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
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.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd never heard of this book nor its author before. In fact, this book was given to me as a gift so I didn't even choose it for myself. What a gift it was though!
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
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Drinks with Dead Poets is probably the most unique modern book I’ve read concept wise.

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
Ali Miremadi
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Very good while also frustrating. Fabulous idea to feature a dozen dead poets in their own words as visiting a weekly university class, lots of professional insights into reading and writing poems but ultimately the episodic nature of the novel form bursts through the skeleton of a continuous dream-narrative.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting concept - dull execution.
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Glyn Maxwell is a poet and playwright. He has also written novels, opera libretti, screenplay and criticism.

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,
“Everything is someone. Colours, cutlery, capital letters. A's complacent, B indignant, C tricky, D worthy, I can't help this, never could. The hot tap thinks the cold two's common, the cold tap thinks the hot tap's precious. I back out of my small bathroom peacemaking - you're both right for pete's sake - my fingers are clannish brothers with a secret, my toes a mum and her babies, my slippers hush me: pipe down they're trying to sleep, and yet the void's a void? Perhaps that's all humans do, fill the space with folks to meet... my own heart let me have more pity on...” 0 likes
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