The Kenyon Critics: Studies in Modern Literature from the Kenyon Review

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closely worked; some technical changes have been noted; the subjects are more often violent. The diction has partly altered; for instance, blood or a derivative occurs twenty-four times in the first twenty poems, only nine times in the second twenty, and where the concept remains it may be transformed: "my red veins full of money." But Thomas's verse does not show the major signs, such as a powerful dramatic sense, wide interests, a flexible and appropriate diction, skill over a broad range of subjects, that are clear in the work of his American contemporary Delmore Schwartz and point confidently to the future. Any large development is probably not to be expected. This circumstance, of course, cannot affect the present achievement, which is formidable. All the poems should be read with attention by anyone who is interested in poetry. In a dozen of these pieces, some of them imperfect, all brilliant--"A saint about to fall," "Especially when the October wind," "Then was my neophyte" and "Light breaks where no sun shines" may be mentioned in their four kinds--Thomas has extended the language and to a lesser degree the methods of lyric poetry.

Eleanor Clark


THE MYTH OF SAINTHOOD

PERIODICALLY the stream of French literature bursts its banks, casts off all moral fetters including Catholicism, and swings violently to the side of reason or unreason. There appears

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A review of The Star of Satan by George Bernanos ( New York: The Macmillan Company, 1940).

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • Essays 1
  • The Sorrows Of Thomas Wolfe 3
  • Pure And Impure Poetry 12
  • Myth And Dialectic in the Later Novels Of Henry James 17
  • Kafka's Distorted Mask 58
  • Joyce's Ulysses and the French Public 75
  • Robartes And Aherne: Two Sides of a Penny 88
  • The Stone And The Crucifixion: Faulkner's - Light in August 115
  • Emotions In Poems 127
  • Monsieur Verdoux As Theatre 138
  • The Good Ford 151
  • Parody And Critique: Notes on Thomas Mann's - Doctor Faustus 182
  • Novel into Film: - All the King's Men 225
  • Wordsworth And the Iron Time 233
  • Book Reviews 253
  • The Loud Hill Of Wales 255
  • Q's Revisions 259
  • The Whole Of Housman 263
  • Neither Historian nor Critic 267
  • The Humble Animal 277
  • Satan And Denis De Rougemont 281
  • The Everlasting Mr. Huxley 289
  • Dry Watershed 298
  • The Hellenism Of Robinson Jeffers 307
  • The Cost Of Distraction 312
  • Aristocracy And/Or Christianity 324
  • Bibliography 341
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