Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Selected Poems

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There are those, I apprehend, who find enthusiasm in one member of a family for the gifts of another, offensive. Let me avow in reply that, though not by nature of an excessive modesty, have I not a thousand times longed to have been endowed with a hundredth part of my brother's creative power and sensibility, and that, moreover, I have in countless instances been inspired to write by the reading of his poems! It would be therefore stupid of me, as well as ungrateful, to pretend that I prefer to them the work of other and lesser poets who happen not to be related to me. But, in fact, it may be the gifts and not the mutual enthusiasm, to which objection is taken? In that case let us hope that those who make moan will be spared similar affliction for as long as divides us in space of time from any like emergence in the past. . . No, in approaching Mr. Sacheverell Sitwell's poems, I have been guided, not by fraternal partiality, but, I acknowledge, by bias; an undoubted prejudice in favour of any remarkable contemporary work that comes my way. And even those who may hold that a brother should not write a preface, will agree that on two scores at least I am well qualified to judge Mr. Sacheverell Sitwell's poems; I have been privileged to watch in every phase his development, and I know better than most the respects in which he differs in aim and execution from his brother and sister.

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