Poet: Joyce Kilmer
Volume: Main Street and Other Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1917
Comment 1 of 1, added on November 17th, 2004 at 1:26 PM.
Catholic panegyric, attractively phrased 'emulative hand' etc, very much in the vein that Guiney and others viewed Johnson. that is, a subtly inflected (but scoured!) homoeroticsm, rahter Uranian in feel, and a tribute to the Cavalier and Mystic tendency. Several omissions rather startle: No mention of later Irish Nationalism, whatever one thinks aobut J's affected brogue. And a surgical excision of Johnson from the 1890s, despite Johnson's own 'A Decadent's Lyric' which attests his own comically perceived place - two pints of Glengarry whisky being enough for quite a few evil flowers. Of course J ddi not indulfge 'mine aching lust' but he felt it, so this rather White League poem for a white lily gilds it to death. It's attractive, and one ius grateful people felt that aobut Johnson, and one honours the tradition and religion. but Johnson on Hardy shows a true criticsm of life (and of Arnold and Pater within that life), and this doesn't really move outsdie its fragrant orbit. But I'm biogrpahically challenged on Johnson, and am grateful to add this to my studies.
Dr Simon Jenner
from United Kingdom
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