Graves in Dock - The Case for Modern Poetry

Schwartz, Delmore
March 1956
New Republic;3/19/56, Vol. 134 Issue 12, p20
The article comments on an article by Robert Graves, a literary critic on modern poetry, for numerous errors of fact. Graves' animadversions are only one more instance of a traditional tendency of literary criticism, one which may well be called its conspicuous presumption or its unconscionable arrogance. The article adds that a literary critic can say anything. And when he has said anything, he can say something else. And if he is accused of inconsistency, he can always reply that he has changed his mind. This applies to the case of Graves as well.


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