Lorine's cabin water lily

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Author: Marguerite Wilkinson
Title: New voices
Publisher: Macmillan
Year of Publication: 1921
Type of document: Book

Notes: On first page: "Lorine Niedecker Last Half Century English Lit."

On third page: "human body if sold = between
$70 and $90."

p. 1: Mark near sentence: "Poetry is like the Pool of Bethesda. Until they have been plunged into eddies of rhythmical and imaginative beauty, many human intellects are, to a certain extent, sick and infirm."

p. 5: "Scepticisms" by Conrad Aiken is underlined. This sentence is marked: "Poetry is often thought to be a painless twilight sleep out of which beauty is accidentally born."

p. 7: End of this sentence is marked: "The person who goes strutting about with all the air of being a genius and saying that he does not need to work, that he writes 'by inspiration,' is saying, in effect, 'Michelangelo, Beethoven, Shakespeare, of course, had to labor for their sucess, poor souls! It is quite unnecessary for me!'"

p. 10. Second full paragraph on page is marked "1" and the word "design" is underlined. Third paragraph is marked "2." and "exactly" is written in margin next to: "They [rhythms] must be used flexibly and fluidly...." The word "concise" is underlined, with question mark in the margin, near sentence: "He believes that poetry differs from prose partly in being more concise."

p. 11: Mark in margin near: "When he has been published a poet may have inferiors, equals and superiors, but he has no rivals." Mark in margin near "To-day too much is being written and admired that is merely novel."

p. 13: "Heart of Man" is underlined.

p. 14: "Mark in margin near: "It is well to remember that great poetry is the result of a noble synthesis of all the powers of personality."

p. 22: "symmetry" is underlined. In margin: "harmonious relation of parts. Last paragraph on page, about Amy Lowell and her poem "Patterns" is bracketed.

p. 24: "Oh - yes" next to examples after sentence "The cadence is reiterated in lines like the following." In bottom margin: "cadence, rhythm, each kind of rhythm suggesting a mood."

p. 25: "Good" in margin near: ".... so that, when the poem swings back into the familiar cadence, we know an instantaneous delight."

p. 27: "symbol" and "story" underlined.

p. 28: X in margin and "rhyme in" underlined in sentence: "And now we are brought face to face with the question of the real importance of rhyme in the designing of poems."

p. 32: In top margin, re. rhyme: "can be used tritely, insincerely [underlined], and inappropriately."

p. 33: In top margin: "Structures Patterns - Amy Lowell Deirdre - Steffans." Next to poem Patterns: "1 2 - " In bottom margin: "a poem can have variety and [underlined] pattern."

p. 34: Mark next to a line of the poem.

p. 35: Next to line "We would have broke the pattern" is "walking up and down - garden in stiff brocade." In bottom margin: "rigid and severe = pattern."

p. 36: "3." next to lines "In a pattern called a war. Christ! What are patterns for?" "Sure" is underlined in line: "But, sure, the sky is big, I said."

p. 41: These lines are marked: "God, I can push the grass apart/And lay my finger on Thy heart!"

p. 47: Several lines of the poem "Deirdre" are marked.

p. 51: "Rhythm" and "to flow" underlined. In bottom margin: "rhythm from Greek root 'to flow'."

p. 53: In top margin: "English blank verse, Greek hexameter - stately, dignified, lofty [underlined twice]."

p. 57: "Strong" in margin next to the lines: "Over the roof-tops race the shadows of clouods;/Like horses tghe shadows of clouds charge down the street."

p. 58: Mark in margin next to: "Perhaps she [Miss Lowell] would say that her own polyphonic prose is like a line undulating more regularly than the line of ordinary prose."

p. 63: "Robert Frost" is underlined, and so is: "he is the greatest living master of the poetry that talks."

p. 64: In top margin: "organic rhythm - Vachel Lindsay - Santa Fe Trail."

p. 66: "hearing" is bracketed. Question mark in margin near: "Nothing is artistically worse than indignation waltzing, unless it is sorrow capering to the lift of a tango or joy droning a dirge."

p. 76: "Living [?] traveler to follow or communicate w those thata have gone - but not successful" in margin near Lindsay's poem "The Listeners."

p. 85: The words "concisely, vividly, memorably, emotionally" are underlined in sentence: "Images and symbols, then, are valuable in literature because they present truth far more concisely, vividly, memorably, and emotionally than literal statement."

p. 87: In top margin: "metaphors."

p. 93: "Marks in margin near sentences: "In hot countries everlasting heat is the symbol of damnation; in cold countries, everlasting cold. Again and again the seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter are made to mean birth, growth, maturity, death. A winding river is life. The seed of the man is the child. The banner is the nation. The summit is success. The uphill climb is effort. The tree is the race, the family, the strong man."

p. 95: X in margin near: "This mayh be because the making of strong symbols is a task for leisure and meditation, and the Orient loves leisure and meditation as the Occident loves action and thought." "Rabindranath Tagore" is underlined.

p. 96: "symbolism" is underlined in sentence: "But great poets of the Occident are also masters of symbolism." "Commerce in three great periods" and "democracy" are underlined. "Image & symbolism" and "banks of ours" in margin near Masefield"s poem "Cargoes." "1., 2., and 3." are added beside the three stanzas of the poem.

p. 111: In bottom margin: "Imagery - suggested mood, mere photography. Symbolism - deeper emotion, means to an end."

p. 120: Phrase underlined: "such [trite and stereotyped] diction is the result of laziness or mental sterility."

p. 123: "Of course" in margin near: "But to-day most of us have accepted it [the beginning of the quarrel between Bill and Saul in Masefield's 'The Everlasting Mercy'] as an essential ugliness in a great poem full of spiritual beauty...." "Essential ugliness" is underlined.

p. 125: This line in Masefield's "The Everlasting Mercy'" is marked: "Up the slow slope a team came bowing...." Also there are marks in a sentence about that same line: "One line alone for truth and vitality would make this passage memorable...."

p. 150: Underlinings in this sentence: "Most of these ultra-conservative poets are men and women of unquestioned culture, men and women whose minds are saturated with literature, especially the literature of the past."
"Poetry of the learned" in margin nearby.

p. 153: In bottom margin: "Noyes - 1. Argumentative poems not convincing. 2. Lyrics lack concentration and power. 3. Popular sentimentality."

p. 154: In bottom margin: "for 1. ballads rhythm imaginative 2. dramatic 3. technique of Forty Singing Seamen memorable 4. just what a ballad rhythm ought to be - in keeping w/ mood of poem."

p. 176: "humanitarian" underlined in second line of first full paragraph on page.

Facing p. 217: "Sandburg - p. 217, 180, My Hansen, Untermeyer {expression of persohnality sometimes, not poetry."

p. 220: Much of the page is marked in the margin. In bottom margin: "Wisdom of Bye Street - Harding - esque."

p. 221: Underlined phrase: "words as clean as silver, firm as bronze, and ruddy as gold...."

p. 222: "Dauber" underlined and marked in margin.

p. 250: Bracketed: "One of the finest of these picture-poems is 'Out of Trenches: The Barn, Twilight.' Just to read it is to join a group of Tommies and listen to their songs and their talk. It is admirably done. But it is not verse to be quoted. It should be read as a whole."

p. 320: Marked in margin: "Thomas Hardy gives expression to the same idea with greater austerity [than 'April Rain' by Conrad Aiken], and more nobly, in his admirable poems 'Transformations' and 'The Wind Blew Words.'"

p. 322: "she is not alone" is written side-wise in margin of bottom half of page.

p. 326: A sentence about Aiken's "The Morning Song of Senlin" is marked in the margin.

p. 327: "336" in bottom margin.

p. 330: First four lines of Thomas Hardy's poem "Transformations" are marked in margin.

p. 336: Marks in poem of John Masefield. Marks and marginal notes in "A Day of Wandering" by Clinton Scollard: "Trite! Unending montonous deark and light sky where there is nothing."

p. 344: Marks in margin at Aiken's "The Morning Song of Senlin."

p. 348: In top margin: "Advance in science - truth."

p. 351: Bracketed sentences: "His poems [Walter de la Mare's] are all combinations of twilight shades, charming compositions in violet, ivory and olive. But his pictures, made with colors that would seem to be evanescent, succeed in fixing themselves indelibly in our minds." X near: "John Masefield is know the world over as the poet of the wanderer and the outcast...."

p. 352: X in margin near: "Having made their acquaintance in these tales we know them as we know our neighbors." X near line about Masefield's story "Dauber."

p. 354: Margin in margin near: "But in shrewd understanding of personality and as a brilliant analyst of character, Edwin Arlington Robinson has no superior among living American poets."

p. 356: Four lines of Robinson's poem "Flammonde" are marked in the margin.

p. 454: In bottom margin: "It's suggestiveness that poetry is after - done by rhythm, Lindsay; words and rhythm, Sandburg. Express your emotion - any way - just express it. Rhytm but in time/melody - Kipling (lyrical).

On second last page of book: "Masefield - for diction. Lindsay for rhythm. Sandburg, sincerity. Amy Lowell - polyphonic prose. Adelaide Crapsey - form [illegible]. Imagist (impressions) Sandburg. Masefield's Cargoes. Amy Lowell. Conrad Aiken. 'Silver' by Walter de la Mare."

On last page: "Masefield - much praised by Wilkinson. Personality - Masefield, Walter de la Mare (Miss Loo). Wilfred Wilson Gibson. Vachel Lindsay. Edwin Arlington Robinson. Robert Frost. Edgar Lee Masters. Birthday?"

Inside of back cover: "Masefield poetry pages 96, 228, and 146, 336. Everlasting Mercy - Diction rough - severe. Subject & diction {Edgar Lee Masters form - conventional - rhyme and meter. Net: dress - Thur."

Date last updated: 11/16/10

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