SUNDAY, MAY 13, 1923
SUNDAY, MAY 13, 1923
THE MIC1I4GAN DAILY
Among the Magazines (Continued from Page Three)
nection with the trip Tscbaikowsky
By N, B. took though Germany in 1888. Con-
"Be cruel to poets and don't let them iducting a concert of his own- works at
think the famous concert hall in Hamburg,
You like their preposterous patterns 1.he remarks in his nieoirs that among
in ink; !the various works which appealed to
For poets write better when not over- ;or were dislued by the Hamburg pub-
fed, Ilic was-the finale to his Third Suite.
The time to praise poets is after j Too noisy and restless in its orches-
they're dead., tral effects" wrote he, "this movement
rMorley) puzzled the audience of the Hamburg
(CrsohrI Philharmnonic USociety who are not Po ~yaleteecitnlensac-
Probably all oc the excetonalerses tormed to ie modern synphcnic
in the Whimsies' contest were care- style." Now this last strikes us as
fully laid aside; or maybe no excep- Cuite strange when we take into
tional verses were received: only the consideration the fact that Germany
editors know the truth. Put at any w s directly undar the infiufnce of her
rate, the poetry all belongs to one reat musical son, Wagner, with his
Mlass: good, and no bettor. There is modern tendencies, at that time. But
hardly a wild-flower in the bouquet; ,it might be explained by the fact that
they are all hot-house blossoms: pret- Wagner's field was confined almost
ty but tame. There is scarcely a poem solely to opera, while Tschaikowsky
there that would bear publishing in a Icomposed in all fields, particularly
volume by itself-and that is the real symphonies, as indicated in the quo-
test of a fine poem. If this Whimsies tation. Moreover, the Germans are
represents the Campus, then the Cam- an extremely conservative people,
pus is asleep and dreaming; not and Tschaikowsky was informed when
awake and imagining. To be very he visited Hamburg that the musical
truthful, Whimsies is bad. , publicdof that vicinity were very c-au-
The Campus creators are eitherI tious anid Gf all living composers only
maintaining an awful silence for recognized Johannes Brahms.
Now to briefly discuss the .Oriental,
some reason or other; or else they or -we might even- say, Byzantine, in-
have an affliction of vapidity-call it fluences, that arose about 1850, and
snring-fever if you like. As a group did, I think, -considerably affect music.
they have words and rhymes and This must needs have come up through
songs, but they lack vitality. They the Balkans, and more especially Bo-
are all ladies and gentlemen; but they hemia, on the b'road shoulders of men
have mistaken lack of energy for de- like Smetana, Jindrich, Neruda, Nes-
corousness and refinement. Somebody Ivadba and Dvorak, not to mention
ought to read Ezra Pound to them- countless others. Their exotic and
especially his "Sestina: Altpforte", fanciful rhythms and imelodic turns
which -begins: -are things that the musical mind has
"Damn it all! all this our South a hard, time ridding-itself of, once they
stinks peace." make an impression. And thus it was
Also some of Matthew Prior's liter- cthatthepiy emusical products that
ature might -serve ;to jar -their sensi-'Came from a Bohemia in this artistic
tive natures; or even poems from -ascendancy cast such an influence over
Nietzsche's "Ecce Homo" would be "European" Erope -that the latter
Nitces "rEccerHom"nwosld e can hardly go back to the more dull
antidotes for their tameness. Yes,! gray diet -of its Beethovens, .Raffs,
Whimsies is ;oppressively .dull! - (Ooitinued on Page Seven)
But one must .praise their effor r -. L
~,~ppearanee may sell
a SA butwear is the
ilnat test of' its wortk
i~is new tow shoe pos
itins-~--and merits our
unreserved .re eoinei
And he lifted a skinny signal finger. I
And he had nothing to say, nothing
He mentioned ten million men, men-
tioned them as having gone west,
mentioned them as shoving up
We could write it all on a postage
stamp, what he said.
He said it and quit and faded away,
A gunnysack shirt on his bones.
And as this orator disappears, those,
who are looking see
Skeleton men and boys riding skele-
the rib bones shine, the rib bones:
shine with savage, elegant curves-
a jawbone runs a long white slant,
A skull dome runs a long white;
bone triangles click and rattle,
Elbows ankles white lii
* * * *
And the hoofs of the sk
all drum on the asphal
so soft is the drumming
roll call -
of the grinning sergeant
* * * *
Skeleton men and boys
Again, of course, we ar
a thought that is not prett
burg does not worship
what he is after is the trt
the truth. He believes ti
pous burial of the "buck
a bitter farce, and he E
believes it. He believes
and he calls us cowards,
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I g2 oio e es
17 E. Washington
they expect it o; you Well, Edward
:Van Horn in "The Dive" talks clearly
and concisely but -.his product is a
working drawing, not a picture. -He
portrays a mechanical doll. Or per-
haps he got the idea from watchin
a Pathe slow motion movie.
Miss Duff's verses display . only. or-
dinary -sentiment. :In "Protocol" all'
issuperfluousAexeept the last sentence.
Ray Alexander in "Mowing" pants:
along as though he were half out of:
breath. He is by no means the samel
Mr. Alexander who wrote the artis-
tic "Pole-Vaulter" for the March
Whimsies. There are two thousandi
poems as pretty as Anton Rewlande's
":Plum Blossoms". V. Carelton Hav-t
ens has the right ideas but he talks
too much. I
John M. DeHaan's "Sunset" is bright
colored but obscure. Mary E. Cooley,
and Donald E. L. Snyder are both ;
sweet and simple. ILenvy the author j
of "They Tell .Me" -but not for his;
poetry. And as for Lisle Rose, heaven
knows he tried hard enough, but by
the time he whipped hils ideas into %
shape, the poor things were weak. -o
wonder his "little verses died".
Fnally we come to the three poems
which deserve favorable comment.'
John Thornton's "North Country" is?
bold and stugng and possesses much:
of the force of Markham's "The Man
With The Hoe". The comparison of
the form i the two is striking. Mar-
cia Kelly, author in "The Bogs" is1
original and that is the best that can,
be said of any :poet. If "The Bogs"
is not-simply an accident, than Marcia
Kelly is worth watching. She is in-'
dividual Ike Elinor Wylie and T. H.
Wade-Grey. Iflit weren't for the slip
she made in witing : "Tis as . cold
and as wan As a mummlfleds, man" I ;
Gould :certainly place her at he
front of the Whimsies' successes.
As it is, the blue ribbon goes to
Marguerite Jenkins-whose -poem "Seen
in a Copper Bowl" is the best thing,
in the volume. The poem is beautiful
in conception; its rhythm is exquisite;
and its rhyming is quite satisfying.
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"And since the news of the marriage (Annie's) lie found that
his worship for her had by no means vanished; rather in his
heart was the eternal treasure of a happy love; untarnished and
spotless; it would be like a mirror of gold without alloy, bright
and lustrous forever. For Lucian it was no defect in the woman
than she was. desirous and faithless.; he had not conceived an
affection for certain moral or intellectual accidents, but for the
very woman ...., He thought, sighing and with compas-
sion, of the manner in which men are continually led astray *by
the cheat of their senses. in order that the unborn might still
be added to the born, nature had inspired men with the old
delusion that the bodily -companionship of the lover and the'
beloved was desirable above all things, and so, by the false show
of pleasure the human race -was chained to vanity and doomed
to a continual thirst for the non-existent . . . Again and,
again he gave thanks for his own escape; he had been set free
from a life of -vice and sin -and folly, from a-ll the dangers- and
illusions that are most dreaded by the wise . . .For what
would be cominonly the real woman he now cared nothing;
. . . . he did not think of the-frost-bitten leaves in the
winter as- the real rose . . . . But he preserved.. the pre-
cious flower in all its glory, not suffering'it to wither in the hard
light, but keeping it in a secret -place where it could never be
destroyed. Truly. now and for the first time, he poasesse-d Annie,
as a man possesses gold which he has dug. from the rock and
purged-of its baseness."--From "The Hill of Dreams;" by Arthur
"Man makes his God and places Him, with nothing to rest on,
in a Chaos, and imposes on -Him the, task -of introducing life and'
order, everything indeed, out of His own Divine Brains. To the
savage theologian and his more civilized successors that seems an
intelligent theory of the Universe. ~They fail to see that they have
merely -removed the inevitable difficulty 'a stage further back.
(And we can understand the reply of the irritable old-world theo-
logian to one who asked what God was doing before the-creation:
'He was making rods for the backs of fools.') For the Evolution
of a creator is no easier a problem than the Evolution of a
"But the -end of the rainbow is a bottomless gulf down which
you can fall forever without-arriving,- and the 'blue distance is a
void pit which can swallow you and all your efforts into its empti-
ness, and still be no less empty. You and all your efforts. So the
illusion of attainable happiness."-From "The Fox," by D. H.
"Man, as described by Quatreages, is -a religious animal. The
early naturalists said the same thing -of the elephant; but while.
this statement, which contains all the elements of a libel, has fallen
into disrepute, the former, little by little, has assumed- the purple
among accepted facts."--Edgar Saltus.
- "But with the invention of printing, thoughts spread so-
expeditiously that it became possible to acquire quite serviceable
ideas without the trouble of thinking; and very few of us since
have cared to risk impairment of our minds by using them."-
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And then, when the big fight ,was
over, and the war-inflamed enthusiasm1
of -the nation was beginning to fail;
there was a great ceremony. It was a
ceremony designed to. recognize and
to flatter the common people-to bol-
ster up their somewhat frayed patriot-.
ism, and remind them of losses inflict-f
- --ed by enemies, and deeds .of heroislfr
performed by their own brothers and
pals. The body of an unidentiled
buck private- was brought to this
Aubrey Beardsley at the table.
country and buried with a nation-
wide funeral service. There was a
grand parade, there were huge crowds
-gathered, -and - there were polished
speeches of condolence, praise, and
mourning, by prospiroi raofrt
Sandburg listened to the oratory of,
these worthies, but he listened still
more closely to the words of another
speaker-one who did not appear on
the oificial programs:
He -had a gunny-sack shirt over his
And he lifted an elbow socket over
his head, -
Coe down Often -yourslf.
W. Huron St. across from Interurban Static
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