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"[Terry] Eagleton rounds off this chapter and the book with a stanza from each of three poems, Swinburne’s Atalanta in Calydon, Amy Lowell’s The Weather-Cock Points South and William McGonagall’s River Bridge of the Silvery Tay. But Eagleton’s terms are not self-enforcing. Bad writing, they imply, is clever, calculated, glossy, voulu, slick, busy, contrived. Good writing is spontaneous, serviceable, economical, crisp, quiet, realist. These discriminations could only be sustained by a critique of manners, behaviours and social practices. In the absence of such a critique, Eagleton is asking us to take his words for values he has not earned." Denis Donoghue • Irish Times

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