Chronicles Magazine REVIEWS

The Price Of Free Verse

"A post in our times," wrote Thomas Love Peacock, "is a semi-barbarian in a civilized community." What Peacock meant by civilized community is not too hard to guess: that rational, humane, progressive society of Britain and Northern Europe, which...

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    National Liberation Literature

    Years ago, in the North Welsh town of Llanrwst, I bought a copy of Dylan Thomas' Collected Poems, and a 50-year-old Welshman present, a Baptist, teetotalling, nonsmoking, nondancing insurance agent, said, "A wonderful boy and a great poet: a...

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    Greek Jive

    War Music, called by its author, Christopher Logue, an "account" of four books of the Iliad of Homer, is not a minor event. Its reception both in its native England, and now here, has been enthusiastic.

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    Postmortem

    When the reputable and talented die, it is often their fate to have their privacy examined in detail. This is a mixed blessing at best. How chilling it is to remember that Nijinski's feet were cut open to see if the bones were somehow special.

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    Gimme That Ol'Time Education

    Liberals in the United States have lately gathered around the standard of pluralism in the hope of stalling the movement toward private Christian education. Yet Americans, historically indifferent to such objections, have been the last to censure...

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    Some Place in Time

    "Rural areas are shrinking, accents are becoming less distinct, and Southerners are being tamed," writes Pete Daniels of the changes which have transformed the agrarian nation of Davis and Lee into the modern South.

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