December 28, 2007

The hectic pace of modern life

... and the resistance of some poets to writing hastily for a mass audience, as described in this passage:

The sincerity of these poets and their devotion to art for its own sake is, in a time when so much writing is done hastily to catch the average person's attention, at least a hopeful sign ...

When was this written?  And who are these poets?

The passage is from Compton's Pictured Encyclopedia of 1922, and the poets are Edgar Lee Masters, Vachel Lindsay, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Robert Frost, and Amy Lowell.  It's not clear to me what such a list would look like today, when there's a lot of poetry being written but not a very large audience for it.

Posted by Arnold Zwicky at December 28, 2007 01:05 PM