Michael Mott Vernon Young - Essay

Vernon Young

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

The intercutting of historically distant people and events [appears] in the poems of Michael Mott; fighters of the American Civil War shade into warriors from the Iliad or from the Old Testament; Achilles cries out from a trench at "Gaines Mill," Sherman consorts with Saul…. Richard Eberhart (quoted on jacket) deduces, magnanimously, that Part I of this volume is "from the head" and Part II "from the heart." That poets write so divisibly with an either/or inspiration I doubt…. I should suppose that diverse subjects entail diverse means and I find it reckless to assume that a Britisher should write from the heart about the War Between the States and from the head about Merlin, Tristan, apples, and people...

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