POETS OF TODAY: VIII; Herzing; Ridhand; Shavitt by John Hall-Ed. Wheelock

POETS OF TODAY: VIII; Herzing; Ridhand; Shavitt

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As usual in this series (which somehow runs thin) the most interesting thing is Wheelock's contribution in a thoughtful introductory essay. This one is called ""Man's Struggle to Understand"". He valiantly struggles to help us understand the poets here presented. He says of Herzing that ""there is a homely cleaving to everyday reality that brings great rewards...and that his underlying preoccupation is with moral exploration and judgment"".....On the other hand he believes that Ridhand's talents show richly in ""their lyrical evocations of natural beauty"". As for Shavitt he ""has interesting things to say with regard to the concept of poetry as a way of knowing"".... Without Mr. Wheelock this reader would be lost. What of the reading public? Are they not entitled to critical discrimination and discarding. We doubt that these three poets would survive the test.

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1961
Publisher: Scribner