Formative Types in English Poetry: The Earl Lectures of 1917

Formative Types in English Poetry: The Earl Lectures of 1917

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Formative Types in English Poetry: The Earl Lectures of 1917

Formative Types in English Poetry: The Earl Lectures of 1917

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The substance of this book was delivered as a series of lectures on the Earl Foundation before the Pacific Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California, during the spring of 1917. The subject was one which had long interested me. I had spoken on it before the Lowell Institute in Boston in 1913 and subsequently on several occasions had found for it eager auditors and critics among college students. This frequent traversing of the same ground has helped me to perceive more plainly the path to be followed and has controlled the inclination to turn to this side or that in search of better prospects.

My aim is a narrow one. The book is not a history of English poetry, not even an outline. At only half a dozen periods in the long and magnificent course of that poetry do I examine it, those periods being separated by intervals widely dissimilar and occupied by poets not always of the first rank. Some of the greatest names in our literature are not touched at all. The drama is omitted altogether; and I have . . .

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