The Monthly.

Though the May Monthly contains one of the best pieces of literary work of this college year, the number is otherwise much below the ordinary, and one or two of the articles come perilously near the level of padding.

The article which is so exceptionally good is W. V. Moody's "The Lady of the Fountain." It is in blank-verse form, interspersed with prose of decidedly poetic diction. The poetry is very musical in its rythm, and contains many good lines, while the prose is almost as musical as the poetry. The whole thing is manifestly influenced by Tennyson if not actually in imitation of him, but as it does not pretend not to be, this fact can hardly be said to lessen its value.

The "graduate article" is by G. Santayana, and is entitled "What is a Philistine?" It is a very clever exposition of that somewhat vague character known to modern literature as a "Philistine," written in brilliant, almost dazzling English, full of unexpected turns and telling phrases.

"The Eighteenth Century Magazine," by W. T. Brewster, is a careful, scholarly review, but so nearly statistical in its nature as to be hard reading for anyone not especially interested in the subject in hand.

"The Light-Keeper" by R. M. Lovett, composes the entire fiction of the number. It is simply told, and very vivid, but whether wittingly or not it is remarkably like Kipling's "Disturber of Traffic." If it were more original, it would be less uninteresting.


There are two "Aspects of Walt Whitman," each slight, but each well written and interesting.

The poetry of the number, outside the long poem by W. V. Moody already mentioned, consists of a sonnet by P. H. Savage, and a quatrain entitled "Art," by P. B. Goetz. The sonnet is not up to its author's standard, being rough in meter, and not more than common-place in conception. The quatrain is strong and suggestive.

The communication from Professor Moore, suggesting that the Fine Arts Building be placed near the Library and that in order to make the most of the opportunities offered the present Library be pulled down and a new one, closely connected in situation and design with the new Fine Arts Building be erected, deserves special mention as a suggestion which has not before been put forward.

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