Inspiration and Poetry

Inspiration and Poetry

Inspiration and Poetry

Inspiration and Poetry

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I am afraid that the pieces collected in this book may seem to be too heterogeneous and to betray too wayward and too undisciplined a spirit in the author. They have indeed been composed for different purposes, often for special occasions, and they cover very various ground. None the less nearly all of them treat of poetry in some aspect or other, and since the study of poetry is after all as much a single pursuit as that of music or painting, I hope that they may be found to have some connection with each other and to display something like a point of view or at least to discuss matters with which most lovers of poetry are concerned and which are not too distantly related to the subject treated in the first chapter.

I am grateful to those who have allowed me to print here what has already appeared in earlier versions elsewhere, to the University Presses of Oxford and Cambridge, to Nottingham University, to the Böhlau-Verlag, Münster, to Messrs. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, and to the editors and proprietors of Golden Horizon, Speculum, Atlante, Oxford Slavonic Papers, and The Sewanee Review. I am also grateful to the following for permission to quote from copyright works: Messrs. Edward Arnold (Publishers) Ltd., for the passages from Verses from Pushkin, by Oliver Elton; the author's executrix for the lines from translations of poems by Lermontov and Pushkin, from Russian Literature, by the Hon. Maurice Baring , published by Messrs. William Heinemann, Ltd.; Mrs. Laurence Binyon, for the passages from her husband's version of the Purgatorio of Dante; Mr. Basil Blackwell, for the extracts from Poems of Gil Vicente, by Aubrey Bell; the Syndics of the Cambridge University Press, for the extracts from The Odes of Horace, by Hugh Macnaghten ; East and West, Ltd., for the lines from Lermontov's Because, as translated by the late John Pollen . . .

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