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(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Mr Rosenthal has a good many thoughts, metaphysical or otherwise, as the prose-poems which intersperse [The View from the Peacock's Tail] show in particular; but he has a problem in shaping them into coherent verse and blending them with the lyrical romanticism which represents the other side of his sensibility. His imagery is full-bloodedly aggressive …, his tone invariably high-pitched; and although the book shows a vein of ironic comedy, it tends not to run through those poems which need its prudent deflating effect most.

"Nature As She Is," in The Times Literary Supplement (© Times Newspapers Ltd. (London) 1973; reproduced from The Times Literary Supplement by permission), No. 3730, August 31, 1973, p. 996.∗