First class literary comment by a distinguished poet and man of letters, who wrote his first essay some 25 years ago. Since then, says he, he has been ""conducting an informal education of the public on a wide variety of literary subjects, from Poe, ""forlorn demon"", to Dante, Hart Crane to Ezra Pound, John Donne, etc. In this volume he examines basic literary issues from the viewpoint of the poet of our times, and the dilemma of the man of letters in the modern world. A sampling of opinions includes such items as his conviction of the debasement of modern language by the techniques of assembly line thinking, that poetry has assimilated the rat-tat of the piston. Too technical perhaps for the lay mind, but nectar for the literary.