This is Importance

Edited by Gregory Betts

This is Importance
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Poet, novelist and teacher Gregory Betts has an ear for a well-turned phrase and an eye for captivating errors. In this highly amusing collection, Betts has pulled together some of the best misinterpretations of literature that he has come across in his years of grading papers. ... Read more


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Poet, novelist and teacher Gregory Betts has an ear for a well-turned phrase and an eye for captivating errors. In this highly amusing collection, Betts has pulled together some of the best misinterpretations of literature that he has come across in his years of grading papers. With an introduction on the importance of learning through error in education and a full complement of confusions on authors, styles and the point of reading literature, this book will delight English teachers everywhere.

Gregory Betts

Gregory Betts is a poet, editor, essayist, and teacher originally from Vancouver and Toronto. He is the author of If Language, Haikube, The Others Raisd in Me, as well as eight chapbooks and numerous bits of ephemera. He has edited editions of poetry by W.W. E. Ross, Raymond Knister, and Lawren Harris, and recently finished a critical edition of selected stories, essays, and manifestos by Bertram Brooker, Canada’s first avant-gardist. He is the co-editor of PRECIPICe literary magazine, and curates the Grey Borders Reading Series in St Catharines.

Reviews

"As a reader, one can approach these lines with absolute delight, perhaps the entire opposite effect the same lines would have on a professor of literature discovering the same within a paper by one of their students." - DUSIE

"A collection of some of the most hilarious phrases that Betts came across while marking his students? papers.... My favourite academic insight was ?the alphabet has been a major influence on many poets." - Town Crier

"[Betts] aligns error with the poetic imagination, and in his selections Betts emphasizes errors in language that produce strange, brilliant, unintentional wordplay, with accidentally clever insights that are often laugh-out-loud funny." - This

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