Winter 1957 • Vol. XIX No. 1 Book Reviews |

The Flights of Love

The Persimmon Tree by Peter Viereck. Scribner's. $3.00. Things Of This World by Richard Wilbur. Harcourt. $3.00. Italy is having such a startling effect on American poetry that two of our leading poets, not at all alike, have been brought to share a common theme. What interests them both, after their stay in a country so rooted in the world, is the world itself, which resists unmercifully what Mr. Viereck refers to as the "too northern, allegoric eye." Invoking as his muse the goddess Isis, Mr. Viereck identifies his view of things with the myth of Osiris. Like Osiris, the sun as vivifier, who was hacked to pieces and "scattered" over the earth by the darkness, the bright spirit of poetry is lost in abstraction, is become "dust," to "stick to every whim like lint," and "hard to recognize," until its singing "seems like your own loneliness that sighs." But it is there. "I wear whatever shimmers," says the spirit, "gawk from every spark," "glow through mill towns, intersec

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