Monday, November 29, 2021

He sounds very interesting

 The forgotten poetry of John Martin Finlay - The Spectator World. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

His interests were ancient cultures and modern life in the South, which makes him sound like a late Walker Alexander Percy, full of Stoicism and high-minded pronouncement. He wasn’t. His language is direct and restrained, which gives his poems both simplicity and power. He was a traditionalist who had a keen interest in Flaubert and Arthur Rimbaud, who loved the South but despised its moral failings.

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