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May 21, 1922 - Image 10

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A Brief Talk With Amy Lowell
(Py Lois Elisabeth Whitcomb) champion of the free verse movement. a life of Keats, which will probably be
"The Ann Arbor audience was dif- "I am not - especially the champion published next year.
ferent from any other audience I have of free verse," Miss Lowell denied, "I What more might have been discov-
had," said MissLowell, referring to her am the champion of all good poetry. ered by careful inquiry must remain
recent lecture in Hill Auditorium. "It Only about a third of my own work is unguessed, for at this point another
was not like those in eastern univer- in cadenced verse, the rest is in metri- visitor was announced, and I realized
sities, and very different from the cal form. that my talk with Miss Lowell was
University of Chicago. I don't know "A poet does not choose his medi- over, realized it with regret for that
exactly what the difference was, but um," she said. distinguished lady is, in spite of being
for one thing they preferred the She explained that an idea comes a celebrity, delightful-as well as diffi-
shorter, subtle poems. Usually I find already clothed in its poetical form, cult-to interview.
that an audience does not get a short free verse or conventional metrics.
poem at one reading. They like the Miss Lowell's conversational voice is For the benefit of the stores which
longer and more obvious ones. Es- pleasant and unusually rapid, and have "Hunger" among the books on
pecially they like the poems in New when the fascinating subject of poetics Dietetics and "Growth of the Soil" in
England dialect. But that was not the came up, her tones took on an eager the Seed department, Alfred A. Kopf
case in Ann Arbor." intensity. announces that "Men of Affairs" is not
Miss Lowell went on to say that she "Vera libre is so different from me- another book of personal memoirs and
never knew what .type of audience to trical verse," she said, "Words do not was not written by a gentleman with a
expect, and that if she had her read- have the same values. In vers libre duster, but is a novel.
ings in Ann Arbor would have includ- everything depends on the word. You
ed more of the subtle and exotic. must find 'le mot juste' or the whole W. H. Hudson's "Afoot in England," t
She commented with a gleam of effect is lost. In metrical verse you which Knopf has just published, has
amusement on the unfortunate spisode can depend on the lilt of the line." been for some time out of print in e
of the light, which had.taken so much It is Miss Lowell's custom, as it is England, and has never been pub- d
time that her program was shortened that of many writers, to write at night, lished previously in America.
by more than a half, and spoke feel- when she can be quiet and undis- w
ingly of the difficulties of lecturing turbed. Her historical poems require James Branch Cabell's genealogical
in Hill Auditorium, which is so large a background of enormous reading, study of his own fiction, characters
that all the nuances of inflection are and this also is done at night. which was recently published by Mc-
lost. Miss Lowell usually gives her work Bride in an edition limited to 365 cop-
Miss Lowell is, as she says herself, a great deal of revision. ies, has already been sold out. The s
a difficult person to interview. She "It is only the very young and the title of the book is the "Lineage of ft
sits calmly, like a not unfriendly trivial who do not revise," she said, Lichfield."
sphinx, slightly amused, not question- smiling. "Everyone who amounts to
ing but waiting to be questioned, her anything revises. Keats' manuscripts, Dr. Walter Leaf's rhymed transla-
beautiful hands enviably at ease. She for instance, are full of revisions." tions from the Greek Anthology, which
did, however, volunteer a correction Miss Lowell spoke with authority, have been colected under the title
of one of the statements made in Ar- for she has in her possession the "Little Poems from the Greek," will be
ticle IV of the Poet's Series. It is a finest existing collection of Keats' published in America by Robert M.
popular misconceptioin that she is the manuscripts. She is now at work on McBride & Co.

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Two Minute Talks
by D.. }I. P. for
The Ann Arbor Savings Bank

N OT long ago four young men conceived the
idea of beating the world. In accord-
ance with their plans they entered a bank, shot
two innocent bystanders, cowed the Cashier
and made away with their loot. Thirty min-
utes later they were discussing the robbery with
the townspeople on the street. To all appear-
ances they had succeeded in what they set out
to do.
Six weeks later these same four young men
entered state's prison sentenced to "hard labor
for the rest of their natural lives."
The day they entered prison a young man said
to me, "I am Captain of their baseball team
and never thought they were criminals." And
that is the pity of the whole thing. They prob-
ably were not criminals and yet they had gone
to the length of committing murder in cold
blood in their attempt to reap without sowing.
When will such mis-conceived and deformed
notions come to an end? How much longer

will the human race have to suffer from the
malady of dishonesty? How much longer will
it have to live before it learns that the best
game in the world is the game of fair play?
When the world comes to such a state that men
will sow before they attempt to reap, when the
business man gives a hundred cents in value for
every dollar he puts in the cash register, when
the laboring man puts forth honest effort in the
interest of his employer, when the Capitalist is
willing to use the world without asking to ex-
ploit it, when the student is willing to learn and
doesn't ask to be taught; in short, when every-
,one is willing to pay the price, then we may ex-
pect to see more success in the world and less
misery and we can say that civilization has
truly advanced.
Such a situation need not be an empty Utopian
dream--not while we have the power to make
it a twentieth century reality.

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