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Critical Review by F. C. Golffing

SOURCE: "Question of Strategy," in Poetry (Chicago), Vol. LXXI, No. 11, November, 1947, pp. 94-7.

In the following mixed review of The Image and the Law, Golffing questions the dichotomy between images and ideas in the volume.

Mr. Nemerov tells us—on the dust-jacket [of The Image and the Law], of all places—that he dichotomizes the "poetry of the eye" and the "poetry of the mind," and that he attempts to exhibit in his verse the "ever-present dispute between two ways of looking at the world." Though usually skeptical of programmatic statements, I find this particular one quite serviceable as a clue—a "way in"—to the plexus of Nemerov's poetry.

The dichotomy itself is fashionable, and it is peculiar. It has almost assumed the status...

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