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