I'm not sure how I feel about this book. I went in thinking it would be an overview of modern poetry, with bits from poets I should try and why they're great. Orr, however, goes for a much broader overview of the craft with chapters like "The Political", "The Fishbowl", and "Why Bother?". Some bits were boring - his attempt to help us understand the modern poet just let me depressed. All these catty, unhappy people... I didn't like them any more once I knew them. On the other hand the chapter on ambition really made me think. What is ambition in the first place? Why does one person have it but another does not? And why do those views change over time? Lots of food for thought.Orr has a knack for figurative language and examples that make you smile, even if my eyes glazed over during the slower parts. Overall a meh read.