PN Review Print and Online Poetry Magazine
Most Read... Rebecca WattsThe Cult of the Noble Amateur
(PN Review 239)
Mark FordLetters And So It Goes
Letters from Young Mr Grace
(aka John Ashbery)

(PN Review 239)
Henry Kingon Toby Martinez de las Rivas
(PN Review 244)
Eavan BolandA Lyric Voice at Bay
(PN Review 121)
Vahni CapildeoOn Judging Prizes, & Reading More than Six Really Good Books
(PN Review 237)
Jamie OsbornIn conversation with Sasha Dugdale
(PN Review 240)
Poems Articles Interviews Reports Reviews Contributors
Monthly Carcanet Books
Gratis Ad 1
Next Issue Helene Cixous We Defy Augury Carola Luther From ‘Letter to Rasool’ Sarah Rothenberg Ashberyana Jena Schmidt The Many-Faced Lola Ridge Helen Tookey Almost Drowning

This review is taken from PN Review 1, Volume 4 Number 1, October - December 1977.

SISTERS UNDER THE SKIN? Myron Simon, The Georgian Poetic, University of California Press, $3.95.

A Georgian poetic? Those for whom Myron Simon's title conjures up, say, Aristotle's Poetics, will be surprised, if not incredulous. Up till now no one, least of all any of the poets concerned, has announced that the Georgians, as a movement, were able to lay claim to a treatise, set of principles, or even credo, to support their poetic practice-nothing, certainly, to compare with T. E. Hulme's Speculations, often cited as the philosophical support for the contemporaneous movement, Imagism. At one point, with disarming candour, Myron Simon admits his difficulty: 'Indeed, their very stance militated against consolidation into a "movement". Consequently, the Georgians are most easily defined through reference to what they were against. . . . Of the fourteen principles of early Georgian poetry listed by Palmer [Herbert Palmer, Post- 'Victorian Poetry, 1938], no less than thirteen are negative admonitions.' This is not, we would conclude, a secure foundation on which to erect a 'poetic'.

What, therefore, inspired Myron Simon to locate a 'poetic' for the Georgians? The answer appears to be a determination to prove that the Georgian poets, because they had a philosophy and a programme, were a weighty and reckonable opposition to 'modernism', and in particular to the Imagists. Again with scrupulous honesty, Simon painstakingly dispels any ill-considered notions we may have about the 'warfare' between Imagists and Georgians, and documents at some length a 'popular front' between the two groups against the then widely read Victorian poets, such as William Watson, Alfred ...


Searching, please wait... animated waiting image