A Poet's Anthology of Poems (Classic Reprint)

Alfred Noyes


Excerpt from A Poet's Anthology of Poems

"The future of poetry is immense, because in poetry, where it is worthy of its high destinies, our race, as time goes on, will find an ever surer and surer stay." So wrote Matthew Arnold in 1880, and at the present moment it may be useful to survey anew his reasons for that utterance. They were the subject of much controversy in his own lifetime, but at the present day the most fiercely debated of his premisses is established as almost a platitude. "There is not a creed which is not shaken, not an accredited dogma which is not shown to be questionable, not a received tradition which does not threaten to dissolve. Our religion has materialised itself in the fact; it has attached its emotion to the fact, and now the fact is failing it.

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