Autumn 1942 • Vol. IV No. 3 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1942 |

The “Mesures” Lectures

The Language Of Poetry by Philip Wheelwright, Cleanth Brooks, I. A. Richards, and Wallace Stevens. Edited with a Preface by Allen Tate. Princeton University Press. $2.00   This small volume, beautifully printed and presented, grows out of a series of papers read to audiences at Princeton. It is the first Mesures Series in Literary Criticism, named for the European quarterly formerly edited by Mr. Henry Church. Each of the essays compels the reader to think afresh of what may be meant by the language of poetry. Each realizes that the scope of the poet is so vast, his medium so complex, that successful creation, or even satisfactory re-creation, is no light task. Indeed, the two who consider the language of poetry in a broad philosophical framework—Philip Wheelwright and Wallace Stevens—color their writings with sombre implications of despair. They seem to feel that poetry needs a rich soil, a special atmosphere; and in the practical, materialistic, rational world of to

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