Books: Shaky Bridge

PLEASURE DOME (372 pp.) — Lloyd Frankenberg—Houghton Mifflin ($3.50).

Poet-Critic Lloyd Frankenberg started with a good idea. He would write a plain-spoken book to "provide a bridge to modern poetry for readers . . . brought up on prose." And since "poetry is an art of the ear's discrimination," he would persuade a record company to issue an album of readings by the poets discussed in his book. The result: this batch of essays on modern poetry and an identically titled album (Columbia, 8 sides, $4.95; or LP, $4.85) of readings by T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, Dylan Thomas and other...

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