Books: Nodding Laureate

POETRY — John Masefield — Macmillan John Collings Squire once defined poetry as the writings of Chaucer, Spenser, Milton, et al. In the present essay, lately (Oct. 15) delivered as a lecture at the Queen's Hall in London, John Mase field follows much the same track, defines poetry by quoting it. He is less nationalistic than Editor Squire; Shakespeare, Dante, Aeschylus and Homer are Poetry to him. His poetic license having been conferred on him by royal appointment, Laureate Masefield does not hesitate to use it. Specimens: Poetry "is best in lands of vintage and in those sunny years which have...

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