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April 02, 1922 - Image 17

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The Poets Who ome to
Ann Arbor .
(Continued from Page 1)
is individual, yet too deeply interest-
ed io the whole .social situation to be
called ao =individualist. He swings
against whatever has eraged him.
If sometimes he strikes for the sheer
joy of impact, it is none the less true
that most of his blows are well-di-
rected and have power behind them.
Yet he can turn from such a thing
as "Killers," a grim, terrible poem
of the war, to something as different
as the short poem called "Sketch."
Three lines from the latter evidence
his sensitiveness to the purely pic-
torial:
"Rocking on the crest
In the low blue lustre
Are the shadows of lthe ships."
He has the inlander's joy in city
lakes,-and in "The Harbor" he com-
bines a description of squalor and
beauty that reproduces the effect
familiar to the stroller in Chicago's
streets.
"Passing through huddled and
ugly walls,
By doorways where women hag-
gard
Look from their hunger-deep eyes,
Haunted with shadows of hunger-
hands,
Out from ithe huddled and ugly
walls,
I came sudden, at the city's edge,
On a blue burst of lake,
Long lake waves breaking under
the sun
On a spray-flung curve of shore;
And a fluttering storm of gulls,
Masses of great gray wings
And flying white bellies
Veering and wheeling free in the
open."
Again in "Lost" he recreates a
mood familiar to all who have lived
within sound of the wailing fog
horns.
"Desolate and lone
All night long on the lake
Where fog trails and mist creeps,
The whistle of a boat
Calls and cries unendingly,
Like some lost child
In tears and trouble
Hunting the harbor's breast
And the harbor's eyes."
The mood of vague and gentle
pathos is universal, but the meta-
phor is fresh and distinctive.
He is capable of writing pure song
when he cares to. This he has done
in "Adelaide Crapsey," written to the
American woman poet the essence
of whose genius is contained in one
slim bodk like a slender vial holding
attar of roses. It would hardly be
possible to find another modern poet
whose work more completely differs
from Sandburg's own, yet he has for
her a strangely penetrating appreci-
ation. So far as I'know, nothing has
been said of her,-of whom many
beautiful things have been said,-
which so delicately and accurately
expresses her piercing loveliness as
"And your mouth of blue pansy-I
know somewhere I have seen it
rain shattered."
It is scarcely possible that anyone
unacquainted with Miss Crapsey's
extraordinary work would sense the
depth and precision of Sandburg's
phrase, but his fineness of feeling is
clearly apparent, The added poig-
nancy lent to her verses by-her early
and tragic death has not been over-
stressed in this tribute. The whole
poem shows re erve. It is entirely
free from sentim tality.
The breadth of appreciation which
is revealed by "Adelaide, Crapsey" is
significant of the largeness of Carl
Sandburg's spirit. He is beyond the
petty and the narrow, though he has
found the greatest significance in the
commonplace.

THE MICHIGAN DAILY MAGAZINE.7
E3;OERPTS FROM "THE MIND prevailing business methods, race an- source of their livelihood-the actual
IN THE MAKING" imosities, public elections, and gov- nature of business enterprise as now
(Continued from Page 2) ernmental policy are, if they are practised, the prevailing, methods of
'Now education for citizenship vital, necessarily "controversial." legislative bodies and courts, and the
would seem to consist in gaining a School boards and superintendents, conduct of foreign affairs? Think of
knowledge of the actual workings of trustees and presidents of colleges and a teacher in the public schools re-
our social organization, with some universities are sensitive to this fact. counting the more illuminating facts
illuminating notions of its origin, to- They eagerly deprecate in their pub- about municipal government under
gether with a full realization of its lic manifestoes any suspicion that which he lives, with due attention to
defects and their apparent sources. pupils and students are being awak- graft and jobs! So, courses in gov-
But here we encounter an obstacle ened in any way to the truth that our ernment, political economy, sociology,
that is unimportant in the older types institutions can possibly be funda- and ethics confiine themselves to in-
of. education, but which may prove mentally defective, or that the pres- offensive generalizations. harmless
altogether fatal to any good results ent generation. )of citizens has not details of organization, and the com-
in our efforts to make better citizens. conducted our affairs with exemplary monplaces of routine morality, for
Subjects of instruction like reading success, guided by the immutable only in that way can they escape be-
and writing, mathematics, Latin and principles of justice. ing controversial. Teachers are rare-
Greek, chemistry and Physics, medic- How indeed can a teacher be ex- ly able or inclined to explain our so-
ine and the law are fairly well stand- pected to explain to the sons and cial life and its presuppositions with
ardized and retrospective. * * * daughters of business men, politicians, sufficient insight and honesty to pro-
Political and social questions, on the doctors, lawyers, and clergymen-all duce any very important results.
other hand, and matters relating to pledged to the maintenance of the (To, be continued)

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