Winter 1945 • Vol. VII No. 1 Editor's NotesJanuary 1, 1945 |

The Severity of Mr. Savage

Mr. D. S. Savage, the English poet and critic, has kindly allowed us to see some essays of a forthcoming book, and we cannot but appreciate the unusual consistency of its approach to literature. The point of view is a stern one, but it is candid, and ably presented. We publish in this issue the essay of William Butler Yeats, with regret that we have had to abridge it slightly though not materially. But I feel obliged to make a little protest against the attack upon a poet who seems to me more than any other to have recovered the old magnificence to the art in our bad time; and I wonder about the kind of receptivity which permits Mr. Savage to waive this achievement. Mr. Savage is a religionist, and his sincerity is evident, and so far all is well. Now I should think it would take a blasphemous habit of speech, or the grossest kind of naturalism in the content, to call down the wrath of religion upon a poet's head. The truth is, as I see it, that religion and poetry are child

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