Peeping Toms

POETS AT WORK (186 pp.)—Essays by W. H. Auden, Karl Shapiro, Rudolf Arnheim, Donald A. Stauffer; Introduction by Charles D. Abbot— Harcourt, Brace ($2.75)

Poet Laureate Robert Bridges once fired a snooty spitball at all highbrows who peep into the boudoir of Art and try to "explain" her naked mysteries:

They must lack vision of Art (for elsewise they had been artists, not philosophers).

Bridges' warning is apparently no longer a deterrent to science's Peeping Toms. The 20th Century analyst, says Charles D. Abbott, is "passionately absorbed in the pursuit of hows and whys,"...

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