The Muse in Council: Being Essays on Poets and Poetry

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EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON1

WHEN recently Mr. Edwin Arlington Robinson reached his fiftieth birthday, he was publicly greeted by nearly every poet of any distinction in America as the master of them all. Enlightened criticism in that country has for long recognized him as having more clearly the qualities of permanence, perhaps, than any other American now writing. Even a poet so unlike Mr. Robinson himself in aim and method as Miss Amy Lowell devotes a long chapter in her book on 'Tendencies in American Poetry' to the work of one whose distinction she finely acknowledges. A new book by Mr. Robinson has in America, among the austere critics at least, as much importance, shall we say, as a new book by Mr. Yeats has to those in this country. And yet, with all this, there is, I suppose, no poet of anything like his excellence in America who is there so little known as more than a name, while in this country at present he can hardly be said even to be a name.2 In reviewing a recently issued anthology of contemporary American verse, at the length of two columns, the 'Times Literary Supplement'

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Read to the Royal Society of Literature from the Chair of Poetry.
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I leave these words as they were written, though happily they could be modified to-day.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Note vii
  • Contents ix
  • Theories 1
  • The Poet and Communication 3
  • The Poet and Tradition 22
  • 'simple, Sensuous, and Passionate' 44
  • Poetry and Conduct 57
  • Ancient Altars 81
  • Philip Sidney 83
  • John Milton 99
  • Thomas Gray 114
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge 126
  • William Wordsworth 133
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley 143
  • Modern Instances 157
  • William Cory 159
  • Lord De Tabley 195
  • William Ernest Henley 205
  • Alice Meynell 224
  • A. E. Housman's 'Last Poems' 245
  • Edwin Arlington Robinson 248
  • Mr. Masefield's 'Reynard' And 'Right Royal' 263
  • Rupert Brooke 273
  • Francis Ledwidge 289
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