By G. Wilson Knight
Professor Wilson Knight is widely known for his interpretative paintings on Shakespeare, Byron and different classics. He has additionally every now and then released articles on glossy literature. those are right here gathered, with the addition of latest material.
Poets who've had little analytic recognition lately reminiscent of Tennyson, Masefield and Brooke, are proven, within the demeanour to which we've got grown accustomed in Wilson Knight's stories, to carry a measurement of which means hitherto overlooked or misunderstood. Homage is paid to John Cowper Powys as one of many prime seers of our, or any, age. A accomplished overview of the paintings of Francis Berry claims to set up him as our optimal residing poet.
Professor Knight's new quantity makes an uncompromising problem. He urges, and is going some distance to turn out, that sleek literary feedback has didn't make touch with the richer meanings of latest literature. He stresses the relation among such acclaimed poets as Yeats and Eliot and the spiritualistic hobbies of this day, and argues that powers to which our ecclesiastical and educational traditions were blind are crying for attractiveness, not just via our top poets but additionally in pop tune. Professor Knight regards youth-revolts as symptoms of a fit dissatisfaction with an irreligious and directionless tradition, and believes that our desire lies within the ignored powers urgent for attractiveness.
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See The Saturnian Quest, 8 8). e. uses his total being) as a prerequisite to the establishment of his 'Third Empire' (The Emperor Julian, III. iv). No discussion of poetry can get far without the use of the word 'magic'; quotations from Dryden and Coleridge have already shown that. Edith Sitwell's poetry is crammed with magical thoughts and themes, blending childlike acceptance with a sophisticated technique. In his comprehensive survey of the nature 1 Jung's life-work was spiritualistically based.
Just like your radio and television, the apparatus determines the quantity and quality of the reception. Similarly your attunement qualifies the kind of thought you can receive. The passage appears in 'Man's Spiritual Nature cannot be Isolated' (in Two Worlds, No. 3 899, December 1 968). We may note an interesting correspondence with Eliot's famous definition of the poet as 'catalyst'. The poet is, however, a creator in fusing thought with expression. Silver Birch continues: But unlike these material appliances, once thought has lodged with you, you add or detract from its nature before sending it winging away to lodge somewhere else.
In 'Assisi Fragments' (King Log, 1 968) some lines concentrating on nature before the Fall tell how there the serpent 'innocently shone its head'. 'Shone' holds manifold suggestions: the lift and curve of the snake's head, normally a threat, radiates sweetness and calm; the purified eye sees a snake's primal beauty without secondary reactions, as in the pivot-incident of The Ancient Mariner. Nature as Nature has become supernal, beyond our good-and-evil; being utterly simple, it is transfigured.
Neglected Powers: Essays on Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Literature by G. Wilson Knight