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By Edmund Wilson

If nice writers are challenging to discover, then it's secure to assert nice literary critics are as infrequent as wild white tigers who can juggle plates. Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) used to be one in all America's most vital critics, and Axel's fortress used to be the e-book that placed him at the map. released in 1931, Axel's citadel used to be Edmund Wilson's first e-book of literary criticism--a landmark publication that explores the evolution of the French Symbolist circulate and considers its impression on six significant twentieth-century writers: William Butler Yeats, Paul Valéry, T. S. Eliot, Marcel Proust, James Joyce, and Gertrude Stein. As
Alfred Kazin later wrote, "Wilson was once an unique, a rare literary artist. He might flip any literary topic again into the non-public drama it were for the writer." Few humans open air graduate university learn critical literary feedback, yet a glance into Wilson's severe idea and transparent prose makes you ask yourself why the style has been overlooked. If you're a lover of the Modernist writers then you'll get pleasure from Axel's fortress.

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Yeats recurs again and again to the necessity of mortifying the will comes : " Every visionary knows that the mind's eye soon and variable world, which the will cannot shape or change, though it can call it up and banish it M again " ; We must find some place upon the Tree of Life for the Phoenix nest, for the passion that is exaltation and the to see a capricious negation of the will " plays M the will, like a ; the style of the dialogue in Synge's blurs definition, clear edges, everything that it turns imagination from all that is comes from of the present, gold background in a religious picture, and it strengthens emotion whatever comes to it from far off, from brood- in every memory and dangerous hope," etc.

And in spite of the and read immense amount of poetry published and naturally poetic seems to-day, the personality truly W. B. YEATS 39 to be becoming rarer and rarer. It may be true that the kind of dignity and distinction which have been characteristic of the poet in the past are becoming more and more impossible in our modern democratic society and during a period when the ascendancy of scientific ideas has made man conscious of his kinship with the other animals and of his subjection to biological and physical laws rather than of his relation to the gods.

And he writes poems which charge now with the emotion of a duties to censor. is — and subtle criticism of life of have spoken in connection with his prose. " And for a moment the thought that she may once one of the children before him has revived the excitement of his old love. He remembers the woman in all her young beauty and thinks of himself with his present sixty have looked like — philosophy now? — years — What use is beauty bound up with the body to decay with it? " is not all — and doomed itself which is worshipped there by the nuns inseparable from the images of it they adore?

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