What the Book Is About
A COMPREHENSIVE anthology of English Poetry like the four volume Ward English Poets has within its ample limits writing of many kinds. It all passes as poetry, and we may fairly say that it is all poetry. But usually when poetry, is defined the definitions are so limited that they cut out much, or even most, of what so passes as poetry. A proper definition should include everything that belongs, and exclude everything that does not. A definition of poetry must therefore be wide in its scope. As I believe that no such definition is possible, I shall not try to make one, but instead I shall try to give an intelligible meaning to the adjective "poetic."