Fall 1968 • Vol. XXX No. 4 Department KR: A Section of Briefer Comment |

A Postscript on Shakespeare’s Sonnets

The occasion of this brief piece requires a little introduction. A new edition of my book of essays, The World's Body, will shortly appear from the Louisiana State University Press; the original edition was Scribner's, in 1938. The editors asked me if I cared to offer any further remarks in my preface; and indeed I cared, and greatly. I had sinned badly as a hostile critic reviewing Mr. Eliot's drama, Murder in the Cathedral, and that performance required of me an entirely new treatment; but it would be long, longer than the present piece, and must be printed as a postscript at the end of the book. But here I am trying to atone to the reputation of Shakespeare himself, whom in my essay, "Shakespeare at Sonnets," I had compared unfavorably with Donne in the matter of style. So this is a second postscript. (The Eliot postscript has appeared in The Southern Review.) And now to my ill report of Shakespeare as compared with Donne. At least I take comfort from seeing that I had not do

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