Arthur Symons: A Critical Study

Arthur Symons: A Critical Study

Arthur Symons: A Critical Study

Arthur Symons: A Critical Study

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It is not as the most considerable poet of his generation, for he is not quite that, nor is it as its finest critic, though he is that, but as a writer unique in his by now almost completely realised ambition that I propose to deal with Mr. Arthur Symons. There is nothing in his work, or in the man as I know him, to suggest that he ever condescended to the vulgarity of competition; and in writing of him I beg to be excused from attempts to justify treatment of his writings on this scale by claiming for him any particular place among his contemporaries in this or that department of literature. So far as I can gather, few judges would, to-day, place him so high as a poet as I should, and few would deny him pre-eminence as a critic; but I am not much concerned to convert those who, as I think, undervalue his poetry, or to point to corroboration when I applaud his criticism. What I am anxious to do is to secure consideration of his work as a whole, and, through that, recognition of an achievement which, be it . . .

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