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To the Editor of the CRIMSON:
After devoting three paragraphs to the Preface, M. A. B., in his review of "Eight More Harvard Poets" in the February "Advocate", says that he hesitates before the poems themselves. One may well ask what he thinks he is about? But after one has finished the single column that remains, one wishes that he had hesitated longer. In striving for a judicial tone he is led to say that Joel Rogers's verse is bolstered by music, "rick music"--"and by sincerity". Munificent patronage,--but a betrayal of his incapacity to comprehend the very word. One of his phrases, "intellectualized prose" is enough to prove that prose can be deintellectualized.
His reference to the "Advocate's" rejection of "Ereiotatos", aside from being a breach of editorial etiquette, savors of a loyal irrelevance. An apology is doubtless due the board from the editors of the anthology for their disregard of such lofty aesthetic standards. M. A. B. says the Poetry Society is in no way expressive of student taste. This is a compliment. He ends his review with the word, envy. This is not without psychological significance.
I shall economize space and time by stating a few facts: the editors and all the contributors to this book were members of the Poetry Society. All were editors of the "Advocate" but one, and he was a frequent contributor. Several were officers in one or other of the organizations. Is it likely that better poets were consciously omitted? when it took fifteen months to bring the volume to its final form, when every poem published by undergraduates since 1916 was examined, and when at least twelve poets and not fewer than two hundred poems were seriously considered.
Though M. A. B. has "bolstered" his array of adjectives with only two specific instances, his characterization of these eighty poems as "morbid", "disordered", "pleasant", "grotesque", "formless", "meager", "eccentric", "odd", "tricky", and "unhousebroken", is evidence of a sensitiveness hardly to be expected from out ingenuous pachyderm. J. B. WHEELWRIGHT '20 February 25, 1923.