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bition of what a man of some reputation can do to an unoffending audience and get away with it.”
The second leader of thought chosen to enlighten the university and absorb some of the $1,500, was the humorist Stephen Leacock, who sadly upset at least one member of the committee by ruling the classics out of court. By way of reprisal for this sacrilegious act, the third lecturer invited by the learned committee was that safe-and-sane upholder of all formulas, Paul Elmer More.
That was last season's record—the best that a great university could do with its chance to enlighten or stir up its students and the community. This year the committee's utmost has been to engage another English poet, Mr. Gibson, an advance over Mr. Noyes, and Wm. Lyon Phelps, hardly an advance over Mr. More.
Meantime the students are up in arms. One of them writes in the Maroon:
That there is a widespread interest in poetry among the students cannot be questioned in view of the prize contest recently conducted by the Poetry Club. This is not an interest in anachronistic Victorians nor conservative critics, but an interest in modern poetry which demands the assistance and inspiration which only representative modernists can supply.
The Poetry Club, under the handicap of a lack of funds, is attempting to bring a few representative poets before university audiences and may perhaps succeed in a very limited degree, but, in the meantime, who can wonder if we protest against an unpardonable waste of a memorial fund in a manner which many of us cannot help feeling is a desecration?
Señor Jose Santos Chocano, the Peruvian poet, is sufficiently introduced in , the article by his translator, Prof. John Pierrepont Rice, who is a member of the faculty of Williams College. Señor Chocano has been for some time in this country, and he read some of his poems to the Poetry Society of America at their December meeting in the National Arts Club, New York.
Mr. Arthur Waley's work in the translation of Chinese poetry is also referred to editorially. The first series of these translations was printed last month.
Miss Louise Driscoll, of Catskill, N. Y., received Poetry's prize for a war poem, in November, 1914, with her one-act drama Metal Checks.
Of the four Chicago poets represented, to the editor's surprise, in this number, only one is a new adventurer into these pages—Mr. Ben Hecht, well known as a contributor of prose to Smart Set and other magazines, a writer of plays, sometimes in collaboration, produced by certain of the little theatres, and a member of the staff of the Chicago Daily News.
Mr. Maurice Browne, though English by birth and early residence, has been for five years director of the Chicago Little Theatre, now unfortunately closed. Mr. Max Michelson has been a frequent contributor to the more advanced poetry magazines and the London Egoist. Lucy Eddy (Mrs. Arthur J. Eddy) has published little as yet.
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