They must forget the mass of criticism most of it mischievous grown up about the classics, and rediscover them with delight.
But it is always somebody feeling something at white heat, and it is as vital as the description of a battle would be, told by a soldier who had been in it.
The reason was a perfectly valid one: It is as if we had learnt to distrust what we cannot see, to demand an immediate tangible result for the outlay of preparation.
The plays might have been written in the baldest prose for all the eminent professor seemed to care. Our teachers and expounders must first put themselves to school; they must desert the easy path of historical anecdote, for the difficult one of aesthetic comprehension.
More volumes of this kind were issued than of any other kind except fiction, and fiction only exceeded by seventy-three volumes. In my own case, however, I was saved, saved from the clutches of ignorant and unimaginative Academia, by coming across a volume in my father's library which opened a door that might otherwise have always remained shut.
There is too much teaching to-day.
As Lowell continued to explore the Imagist style she pioneered the use of "polyphonic prose" in English, mixing formal verse and free forms.
The old argument that children do not understand grown-up books is really a groundless one. It is true, he cannot, and he never does. Simply because poetry is really much more vital than fiction.
And the books and plays which live are those which satisfy this need. The writer conceives of his idea through the power of imagination, and through the power of imagination the idea takes form again in the reader's mind; the vehicle of transmission is the writer's style.
Not once in those two years were we bidden to notice the poetry, not once was there a single aesthetic analysis.
I realize perfectly that this method would put a great strain on our teachers. Heinemann, announced that he should not publish so many novels, as they were a drug on the market. They should strive, she wrote, "1. From that to Shakespeare's poetry and Pater's prose is merely a question of degree.
England also boasts, as partly her own, the Bengal poet, Rabindranath Tagore, who has just been awarded the Nobel Prize, and Ezra Pound, who, although an American by birth and happily therefore ours to claim, lives in London. The only difference between them is that all men know, if they turn their minds to it, that without food they would die, and comparatively few people know that without poetry they would die.
That most poems are written rhythmically, and that rhythm has come to be the great technical fact of poetry, was, primarily, because men under stress of emotion tend to talk in a rhythmed speech. People who like to hear the things they are used to repeated say, I That is beautiful poetry'; simple, straightforward people say, 'Perhaps it is.
We all hate the poetry we learnt in school. There was no moral hidden away in these stories, except the wholesome one that the good always triumphed in the end; their aim was to amuse, to charm, and even sometimes to terrify, to beguile the child along the paths of unreality into the great and beautiful world of romance.
The primary test of good writing is really very simple. There has never been such a machine-made people as the Germans; and we can see clearly to-day, as we could not some years ago, what happens to such a people when the guiding powers are unscrupulous and wrought upon by an overweening ambition.
Romance is a grasp of the ideal, an endeavour to express by symbols the great truths of life. But when I look on thee, love, thou dost give Substance to those fine ghosts, and make them live.
Hilda Doolittleand Richard Aldington.
She was deeply interested in and influenced by the Imagist movementled by Ezra Pound. The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets.
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Amy Lowell (Author) Be the first to review this item Author: Amy Lowell. Amy Lowell was known for her influence on the imagist school of poetry. She held the belief that one of the unique characteristic of poetry is the use of imagery.
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