Collected Shorter Poems, 1930-1944

Collected Shorter Poems, 1930-1944

Collected Shorter Poems, 1930-1944

Collected Shorter Poems, 1930-1944

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In the eyes of every author, I fancy, his own past work falls into four classes. First, the pure rubbish which he regrets ever having conceived; second -- for him the most painful -- the good ideas which his incompetence or impatience prevented from coming to much (The Orators seems to me such a case of the fair notion fatally injured); third, the pieces he has nothing against except their lack of importance; these must inevitably form the bulk of any collection since, were he to limit it to the fourth class alone, to those poems for which he is honestly grateful, his volume would be too depressingly slim.

W. H.A.

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