Harold Bloom

If You Can't Say Anything Nice, Say It in Print: Scattered Thoughts on Criticism

Photo Credit: Underwood Typewriter II by Geof Wilson  Several weeks ago, I had what I thought was a brilliant idea: Why not write a critique of criticism. I thought I would argue that the thumbs-up-thumbs-down approach is too blunt an instrument for poetry and that there seems to be a tendency for poetry critics to review the poet rather than the book, so that every review becomes an appraisal of a career.

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