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 ask him to give a reading, do a Q and A, hit the pub with the students afterwards?
Soon the whole of the autumn term stretches ahead, with Byron, Yeats and Emily Dickinson, the Brontës, the Brownings and Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Wilfred Owen and many more all on their way to give readings in the humble village hall. And everything they say - in class, on stage, at the Cross Keys pub - comes verbatim from their diaries, essays, or letters.
Drinks With Dead Poets is a homage to the departed, a tale of the lives and loves of students, a critical guide to great English poetry, the dream of a heavenly autumn. Nothing like it has ever been written.
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By Crispin on 25-08-17
A middle aged mans fantasy
This is one of those books that I really wanted to like... It is essentially Sophie's Choice but for a poetry lecturer. He has combined his lectures together with an imagined world in which the poets turn up as star guests to help with the delivery. The students, mostly adoring females, come up with questions. He heroically manages them and 'explains' the poetry. Personally it didn't work for me. I like music, poetry, prose because I connect with it and like the sound of it. Most of what he said was hard to understand and when I did, I disagreed with it. He strikes me as the sort of chap, I would think is a bit of a door handle in real life.
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By Sararara on 17-07-17
Bewildering and brilliant
I'm one of those folks you doesn't really do poetry (to paraphrase one of the characters) but this is a great book.
The setup is perplexing, but it's meant to be. There are definite shades of Robin Williams (again deliberate) and astute glimpses into contemporary uni life. Clever, bewitching and utterly unique book that may well inspire me to read or write some poems.