Books: Vanity's Impatient Ear

EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON (162 pp.) —Yvor Winters— New Directions ($2).

In poetry, as in everything else, reason should be the controlling principle. That is what Professor Yvor Winters of Stanford believes, and with passion. Winters has a sensitiveness to poetic effects that lifts his criticism of the late poet Edwin Arlington Robinson far out of the academic class.

Long before Robinson died in 1935, U.S. readers recognized him as a poet of fine conscience and objective talent; so did readers abroad, for whom Robinson's poetry represented something considerable in U.S. writing. A shy, silent...

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