Summer 1943 • Vol. V No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1943 |

Commentary by Ghosts

Genesis: Book One by Delmore Schwartz. New Directions. $3.00. I remember remarking of Mr. Schwartz’s earlier book, In Dreams Begin Responsibilities, that he was perhaps too spontaneous, that to his talent almost anything would do to start a poem, and that almost anything, too, could serve to end what had been casually begun. This was to say that he had too little difficulty with his subject-matter ever to find out either the strength or the impasse — the wrestling weakness — which lay within it. Of this new book, Genesis, the difficulty the poet has had with his subject-matter has been great enough to demand of him the maximum possible poetic response, so that he has made a poetic, a living, order out of both the strength and the impasse he discovered. For the subject was worthy of, and therefore of course a little beyond, any talent that might undertake it: how a life, a particular, predicated, necessitous and wayward life, comes to have significance in its identity, its n

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