The Dignity of Lyricism

Viereck, Peter
May 1954
New Republic;5/31/54, Vol. 130 Issue 22, p17
This article focuses on lyric poetry. A critic poet and his favorite periodicals and oracles concentrate on technique to the neglect of content and to the neglect of that quality of song which modern poetry needs more than anything else. In this conditioned-reflex between critics and critic's poet, each drives the other into what is called as "the rehearsed response." The refreshing creative early New Critics and formalists privately admit that they feel increasingly uncomfortable about the hundreds of poetry destroying automatons in some of the magazines and English departments.


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