M(acha) L(ouis) Rosenthal Gregory A. Schirmer - Essay

Gregory A. Schirmer

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

The description of a literary critic that M. L. Rosenthal offers in the foreword to his new book [Sailing Into the Unknown: Yeats, Pound, and Eliot] strikes a refreshingly poetic note in this day of increasing enchantment with elaborately theoretical and often decidedly unpoetic approaches to literature. For Rosenthal, who is a poet as well as a critic, the interpreter of a literary work should be thought of as an adventurer, someone who, like the poet himself, journeys into "the unknown realm where fantasy and keenest observation and volatile emotions unite to create a reality of a thousand dimensions."

If this description also strikes a somewhat romantic note, the criticism that springs from...

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