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107 pages (May 2006); 414KB downloadWOWIO Books
; ISBN: WOWIO-00001
From the back cover:
It is worth considering wherein lies the charm that attaches, it appears, to The Black Riders and Other Lines by Stephen Crane. ... It is an attraction which makes young people learn it by heart, carry it into the woods with them, sleep with it under their pillows, and perhaps suggest that it should be buried with them in their early graves. Undoubtedly it offers new sensations: its rhymelessness and covert rhythm, as of a condensed Whitman or an amplified Emily Dickinson. ... The total effect of the book is that of poetry torn up by the roots -- a process always interesting to the botanist, yet bad for the blossoms. ...
On the horizon the peaks assembled;
And as I looked,
The march of the mountains began.
As they marched, they sang:
"Aye! We come! We come!"
That is all; but it is fine, it tells its own story.
If it be asked whether it is also poetry, one can only remember Thoreau's dictum, that no matter how we define poetry, the true poet will presently set the whole definition aside.
- The Nation