Christopher Ricks is Warren Professor of the Humanities and Co-Director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University. He was formerly King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at Cambridge. For the usual term of five years (from 2004), he is the Professor of Poetry at Oxford. He has written books on Milton, Keats, Tennyson, T. S. Eliot, Beckett, and Bob Dylan, and he has edited the poems of Tennyson, the early unpublished poems of Eliot, and The Oxford Book of English Verse. It moved him no end when the publishers of The Executioner’s Song reprinted in full, from the London Review of Books, his tribute to the masterpiece.