Other literary forms

(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

E. J. Pratt’s career as a poet began with an unpublished verse drama, Clay. The play is weak in many ways, but as a whole it shows Pratt’s early interest in dramatic intensity, a characteristic of his later poetry. Clay reveals the poet’s increasing ability to control monologue and dialogue within a larger literary structure. Other literary efforts include two short stories (“’Hooked’: A Rocky Mountain Experience,” 1914, and “Golfomania,” 1924), critical articles, reviews, and introductions to books (most notably, Herman Melville’s 1929 edition of Moby Dick, and Thomas Hardy’s 1937 edition of Under the Greenwood Tree). Two other works of significance are his published thesis, Studies in Pauline Eschatology and Its Background (1917) and his religious verses and hymns, included in Denzil D. Ridout’s United to Serve (1927).