William Morton Payne (essay date 1901)
SOURCE: “The Poetry of Mr. Moody,” in The Dial, Vol. XXX, No. 359, June 1, 1901, pp. 365-9.
[In the following favorable review, Payne discusses style, form, theme, and mood in The Masque of Judgmentand Poems.]
Every two or three years, from some quarter of the critical horizon, there issue trumpetings of praise which herald the advent of a new singer of songs. A bright star has swum into the ken of some watcher upon the battlements, and the discovery is proclaimed to the world with much pomp of rhetorical eulogy. The number of new poets who have thus been discovered during the past quarter-century is considerable, but most of them have shared the fate of the...
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