The Hazard of Modern Poetry

The Hazard of Modern Poetry

The Hazard of Modern Poetry

The Hazard of Modern Poetry

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These talks were first delivered on the B.B.C. Third Programme and were printed in The Listener. The editor has kindly allowed me to publish them in this form.

Thanks are due also to Messrs Faber & Faber for permission to quote from T. S. Eliot Four Quartets, and to the Hogarth Press for permission to quote from Rilke Duino Elegies, translated by J. B. Leishman and Stephen Spender .

Except for a few additions and the Postscript, the talks are here printed as delivered. Thus they owe their existence to the suggestion, inspiring interest and intelligent criticism of Miss Anna Kallin, of the B.B.C. Third Programme. Their present form they owe to the publishers' belief, gratefully acknowledged and reluctantly accepted, that they merit a certain degree of permanence.

The Postscript was written in the place of individual replies to many a letter from kind, puzzled and dissenting listeners and readers. In so far as I have made literal use of their queries and disagreements, I should like to acknowledge my debt to them.

E. H.

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