Books: Minstrel

MIDSUMMER NIGHT, And Other Tales, in Verse—John Masefield—Macmillan ($2).

John Masefield is no minor poet, yet his genius is for telling a tale. The tale has been told time and again of Arthur and his knights, of Gwenivere and her Lancelot, but never so utterly that a master craftsman dare not render his version. Not as an epic drama in the Tennysonian manner, but like the medieval minstrel in fitful lyrics Masefield catches a climax here, a sad mood there. The variegated metres and intermittent themes are disjointed in a whole effect, but the wistful beauty of moments and moods stands...