(William) Daryl Hine Munro Beattie - Essay

Munro Beattie

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

In no respect whatever is Daryl Hine's poetry "Canadian." His context is resolutely European, with particular devotion to Augustan Rome, seventeenth-century England in its pastoral-metaphysical phases, and late nineteenth-century France; his principal masters have been Virgil, Donne, Baudelaire, Swinburne, Stevens, and Auden. The reader is likely to be struck first by the remarkable charm of language and cadence that this poet can command. Then by an astonishing lack of "presence" in the poems—either of personality or of location. Nothing is there but words seductively put together, images, rhythm. Poetry could scarcely be more "pure." One result of the method (and most of the poems do seem to have been...

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