New Bearings in English Poetry: A Study of the Contemporary Situation

New Bearings in English Poetry: A Study of the Contemporary Situation

New Bearings in English Poetry: A Study of the Contemporary Situation

New Bearings in English Poetry: A Study of the Contemporary Situation

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This book, as the title indicates, does not offer itself as a survey of the verse--even the good verse--produced in our time. It starts from certain general considerations about poetry and, in particular, the relation of poetry to the modern world. How little I suppose these considerations to be original the book will make plain: it is largely an acknowledgment, vicarious as well as personal, of indebtedness to a certain critic and poet. Indeed they have been commonplaces for some years. They may be found habitually referred to and employed as such in The Calendar, that uniquely intelligent review which, from 1925 to 1927, was, it is hardly excessive to say, the critical consciousness of the younger adult generations. And yet it was not because they were commonplaces that The Calendar, for all its brilliance, was condemned to die of neglect.

If I am embarrassed at all, it is at seeing the simple--perhaps even naïve--way in which I have put them. I have deliberately put them in the simplest terms, believing that so they are most irresistible: for if they are commonplaces they . . .

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