The Virtues of Poetry
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The Virtues of Poetry, a series of loosely linked essays on poets like Ezra Pound, W.B. Yeats and John Ashberry, is not so much a work of criticism as it is a work of celebration. Unlike Updike, with his summary judgments, James Longenbach doesn't bother finding flaws — "With vices I am not concerned," he says, a little grandly, adding that "Unlike the short-term history of taste, which is fueled by reprimand or correction, the history of art moves from achievement to achievement."