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Clarity and the Versifiers

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Article publication date: 1 February 1955



To such an extent has so‐called “modern verse” been ousting poetry for twenty years, that we may be in danger of losing poetry altogether. This would be a loss of about a fifth of the arts, and, since a nation without art could not be considered entirely civilized, it would bring us appreciably nearer barbarism. I think that to distinguish between poetry and “modern verse” is easy. First of all, poetry is written in metre, of which there are many kinds, the grandest being perhaps that to which Tennyson alluded when he wrote of Virgil as,


DUNSANY, L. (1955), "Clarity and the Versifiers", Library Review, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 83-86.




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