Spring 1940 • Vol. II No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1940 |

Apologia for Modernism

MODERN POETRY AND THE TRADITION. By Cleanth Brooks. University of North Carolina Press. $3.00 Consistently during its lifetime, the Southern Review has been the organ of the most powerful critical discussion in the language. This discussion, thoroughly congenial with the point of view of its editors, has been sympathetic with modern experimental poetry to the extent to which sympathy has been reputable; and that would seem to make an admirable bill of health for a journal interested in the living perpetuation as well as the history of an art. And now comes a book by one of its editors; it is all that could be expected in defence of the editorial interests, and it is able to the point of brilliancy. But I cannot but think its dialectic skims rather lightly over some of the deep places. A dozen able critics in England and America are writing about poetry, but scarcely any two of them have come to terms with one another. The flimsy theoretical structure erected by the critics of

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