A wonderful collection of essays albeit repetitive in theme and certain arguments that Paz makes for the case of poetry. Paz believes in the necessity of poetry in the arts and in life, and makes compelling arguments for the survival of poetry. There is no doubt he is a well read man whose profund knowledge comes across subtly and convincingly in his explanations. There are interesting links and connections he makes regarding different writers or different disciplines that all work well. Well worth a read for anyone interested about poetry.