Excerpt from Illini Poetry, 1924-1929
In coming before the public for the second time the Poetry Society stands less in need of introduction. Those who are familiar with the older book will recognize some of the authors in the new, we hope with pleasure; and we have no doubt that they will regret the absence of others. Still there would be little excuse for publishing this book were it not for the new names which here bear witness to the fact that the Poetry Society is a living institution. Changing gradually as the classes come and go, it has continued during the past five years to hold its fortnightly meetings at which the poems are read and discussed.
What change there has been in the nature of the poetry during the last five years may best beleft to others to point out. The long poems which distinguish this volume from the former one represent the prize poems during the period. One cannot, I think, fail to note the increased number of poems of classical inspiration. What this means I do not know, but I cannot but deem it a heartening sign that in this day the poetry of a state university may have an academic ﬂavor.
If our book find favor, we shall be greatly pleased; at any rate there was great fun at its making.
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