Friday, March 22, 2013

A master of understated power …

 Chapter and Verse: The Unknown Prose of a Great Poet - Benjamin Schwarz - The Atlantic. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Elaborately precise, richly textured, densely allusive, Thomas’s prose reveals a mind minutely curious and a man of prodigious but easy learning and wry warmth. But somewhat incongruously, its style is at once Latinate in its intricate exactitude and, as Thomas himself described the style of one of his literary heroes, William Cobbett, “lean and hard and undecorated.”

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