Poets of the younger generation

Paperback | February 5, 2012

byWilliam Archer

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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. 1902. Excerpt: ... MRS. MARRIOTT-WATSON Mrs. Marriott-watson disconcerts and discourages criticism by the absolute correctness of her writing. She is the "Andrea Senz'-Errore" of latter-day verse. Limitations she has, no doubt, but positive faults--not one. Her diction is pure, her rhymes perfect; her metres, without being mechanical, are absolutely correct; her imagery is always restrained, consistent, congruous. To some people, this faultlessness no doubt seems a blemish. Their idea of poetry is thought excruciated and language bedevilled. They love either to browse on intellectual chaff, chopped as dry and sapless as possible, or else to luxuriate in an iridescent lather of verbiage. Such readers may apply to Mrs. Marriott-Watson's work the much-misapplied phrase, "faultily faultless, splendidly null." I emphatically dissent. In reading her verse, I have the exhilarating sensation of skating over perfectly smooth, strong, and yet elastic ice, where one has not the least fear of catching one's skate in a crack, or sousing into an air-hole. Not that there is anything wintry or chill about her poetry. My metaphor refers simply to its surface texture, not to its temperature. Without metaphor or exaggeration of any sort, Mrs. Marriott-Watson has achieved an astonishing correctness of style and perfection of technique. "Achieved" is perhaps not the right word; this sense of form is a thing innate, constitutional; culture does not generate it, but merely sets it free to work its will. One feels that an imperfect rhyme, a halting verse, a violent or incongruous metaphor would be as impossible to this poetess as the shriek of a jay to a nightingale. Yet she may fairly be said to "achieve" her perfection of form at the cost of great renunciation. She attempts nothing very elaborat...

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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. 1902. Excerpt: ... MRS. MARRIOTT-WATSON Mrs. Marriott-watson disconcerts and discourages criticism by the absolute correctness of her writing. Sh...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:166 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.35 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217786138

ISBN - 13:9780217786133

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