Current Opinion Volume N . 73

Current Opinion Volume N . 73

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ... stars or sirens, the shaper of the song may assume the liberty of a lord with it if only he can first learn to accept the bondage of the servant. Nor must this be construed, we are cautioned, into a gospel of mere prostrate patience. The great sonnet is always finally the symbol, not of quiescence, not of acquiescence, but of victorious identification. We are casually reminded that such a sonneteer as Sir Philip Sidney is, in his sonnets, amorously perplexed; Drayton is amorously rebuffed; Shakespeare is bewildered with passionate experience; Milton is haunted by the cruel enigma of his blindness; Keats is splendidly stunned on reading Chapman's Homer. It is tediously fashionable to deride the sonneteer. But the derision has a hollow and ancient accent. The fact is, insists Mr. Auslander, that if the poet sins more easily, more frequently in the sonnet he is merely succumbing to the dignified measles of the muse and vindicating the healthiness of his tradition. He may write abominably bad sonnets--but he is writing sonnets and much shall be forgiven him. We recog nize that few are endowed with the stature, the lung power, so to speak, for the perfect sonnet. We know how hard it is to chin up to the fourteenth line at all, chin up with sinewy grace and there maintain the gesture. In a concurrent number of Voices itself, of which Harold Vinal is the editor, we find the three following sonnets, the authors of which appear to us to have succeeded in "chinning up" to the final line in each instance: THINNING MIST By Henry Bellaman CHE had more friends among the dead than we, And so felt more secure about some things Which lay beyond the casual reckonings Of what we said there could or could not be. So many journeys through the mist decree...show more

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  • Paperback | 364 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 649g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236622200
  • 9781236622204