Harold Bloom

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Harold Bloom, "The Year's Books: Harold Bloom on Poetry, Part I," in The New Republic (reprinted by permission of The New Republic; © 1976 The New Republic, Inc.), Vol. 1975, No. 21, November 20, 1976, pp. 20, 22-3, 26.∗

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