The Good Estate of Poetry

The Good Estate of Poetry

The Good Estate of Poetry

The Good Estate of Poetry

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Certain of the essays which constitute this volume have appeared from time to time in the Yale Review and the Saturday Review of Literature; others are here first printed. But I have had from the beginning one continuous plan-- to examine certain tendencies in poetry and criticism against the background of what may be termed the tradition of English literature. I am far from attempting to review the entire field of poetry as it is to-day, or even to mention every significant poet. Relations between the poet and his critic, as well as between the poet and his reader, have always been problems of importance to all concerned for the welfare of poetry. It has seemed to me reassuring (to say no more) to project them against a larger background than is commonly used when discussing them. On occasion I have felt that I was not restricted to the consideration of verse alone.

I have incorporated many suggestions and illustrations made to me in conversation with friends, after a fashion which I believe to be . . .

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