Winter 1967 • Vol. XXIX No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1967 |

Description as Poetry

Death Of A Naturalist by Seamus Heaney. Oxford University Press, $3.75. Fox On A Barn Door by Ted Walker. George Braziller, $3.95. The Rescued Year by William Stafford. Harper and Row, $3.95. Watchboy, What Of The Night? by Turner Cassity. Wesleyan University Press, $4.00; paper, $1.85.   Description—the details of what is being observed or performed—is the basis of all writing: epic, narrative, dramatic, or lyric. And this is the case whether the mind works through the eye directly or behind the eye by the various methods of analogy. But prior to this century poetry was not made of the kind of description that permits the reader no leap whatever to a plane of experience related to but more complete than that which is being observed. What has happened in this century increasingly, and in America especially, is the trend toward description replete with exposition, but lacking complication. Complication is, of course, the requisite for changing the particular i

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