THE POET'S TESTAMENT
Poems And Two Plays
This little volume of posthumous poetry may complete Santayana's work in verse, but it will add little lustre to his name. In addition to a few miscellaneous sonnets, the best short poems in the volume consist of some translations of classical poetry and a few of Spanish and French poets. But the main body of the book is taken up with two rather tedious poetical dramas. The first- The Marriage of Venus, a Comedy was written in 1896 and rewritten in 1946; the second- The Philosophers at Court, was written between 1897 and 1901. This is a long philosophical discussion between various philosophers at the court of Dionysius, the great ruler of Syracuse. Plato plays a prominent role... Santayana's fine intellectual passion is dimmed here-perhaps by the medium which does not fit his best talents. The market will be largely limited to those who wish a complete collection of his work.