A B C D POEM REVIEW –1 2 3 4 ! (Post No.5660)

 

Compiled by London Swaminathan

swami_48@yahoo.com

Date: 13 November 2018

GMT Time uploaded in London –11-51 am
Post No. 5660

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CRITICS ANECDOTES

According to Richard Aldington, in the early days of Dada (predecessor of surrealism) I received for review a book which contained the following poem
A B C D E F
G H I J K L
M N O P Q R
S T U V W X
Y Z

on which I commented,

1 2345
678910

I still think that was the most snappy review I ever wrote; but unfortunately The Times refused to print it.
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WHO WILL MAKE A NAME?

Richard Aldington tells that,
An American friend of mine was then editing the Outlook, and asked me to write an article telling his readers about young writers and picking out those I thought would make a name. I made a choice which I modestly think wasn’t bad for 1919 :
James Joyce, T S Eliot, d h Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, and marcel Proust. I received a letter from the editor in these terms,
For God’s sake, Richard, can’t you think of somebody who has been heard of or is ever likely to be heard of?
I protested, and my article was submitted to the judgement of that eminent expatriate, Mr Logan Pearsall Smith, who decided that my writers never would be heard of; and the article was rejected. If I had chosen such mediocrities as Jack Squire, Hugh Walpole, Frank Swinner town, I should have received a cheque and a crown of wide parsley.

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BURY THE CRITIC
A man said he was afraid he was going to be of no use in the world because he had only one talent.
Oh that need not discourage you, said his pastor. What is your talent?
The talent of criticism.
Well, I advise you, said his pastor, to do with it what the man of one talent in the parable did with his. Criticism may be useful when mixed with other talents, but those whose only activity is to criticise the workers might as well be buried, talent and all.

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BEATING A BIG DRUM

Jerrold admired Carlyle, but objected that he did not give definite suggestions for the improvement of the age which he rebuked.
Here, said he, is a man who beats a big drum under my windows, and when I come running down stairs, has nowhere for me to go.

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DR JOHNSON ON CRITICISM

A friend of Dr Johnson s, in conversation with him, was lamenting the disagreeable situation in which those persons stood who were eminent for their criticisms. As they were perpetually expected to be saying clever things, it was a heavy tax on them.
It is indeed, said Dr Johnson, a very heavy tax on them; a tax which no man can pay who does not steal.

XXXX SUBHAM XXXX

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