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A Retrospective from the Quarterly Review of Literature

Contemporary Poetry Tms is the great problem of our art: in some measure to prolong the happiness of a moment. There are happy minutes for everyone; no work is without its beauties. But I know of nothing rarer than a composition of some length—say a hundred lines—in which there are no inconsistencies and irregularities. For each of us, therefore, there is an extreme rigor of desire, a standard difficulty. A certain unattainable point is essential for the movements of an artist's mind. But in practice it is enough for a poet to have touched or charmed

Contemporary Poetry and Its Traditions
Selected Poems of Milan Djordjević
Series: Facing Pages
A Critical and Historical Study
Poetry and the Ground of Social Life
Series: 20/21