The Virtuosity of Robert Graves

September 1955
New Republic;9/12/55, Vol. 133 Issue 11, p20
The article discusses the book "Collected Poems, 1955," by Robert Graves. The author's great themes, myth, love and the self are reduced to the elemental lyric shape, where everything is sure and to the mark, where "experience is compressed into the most economical and lucid form." The self recalls the world, the world recalls the self, and in this double image is the secret of the author's most perfect lyrics. The poetry stands high, not because it is "great" poetry, but because it is adequate and true to everything the author knows.


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