A. J. M. Smith | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by A. M. Klein

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of A. J. M. Smith.
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Critical Essay by A. M. Klein

An appreciation of Smith's craftsmanship—his hammered gold on gold enamelling—is not to be taken … as underestimating the content and essence of his verse. It is true that Smith's poems are never editorial; he is sybilline, not megaphonic; but the purposefulness of his writing cannot be gainsaid. He has hewed to the aesthetic line with a consistency and a devotion which is reminiscent only of Rilke; he has taken for his themes the grand verities and not the minuscule ephemera; and he has written of them in a manner which is never dated, only with difficulty placed, and always inalienably personal….

News of the Phoenix, Smith's long awaited first volume illustrates on every page … his fastidious manner, his subtle tone. Here, indeed, are a...

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