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Thread #94186   Message #2830774
Posted By: Amos
05-Feb-10 - 01:08 PM
Thread Name: Poetry: Edgar A. Guest
Subject: RE: Poetry: Edgar A. Guest
I want to be able as days go by,
always to look myself straight in the eye;

This is the kind of line--strong on nebulous sentimental spurting, but weak on clear thought, mediocre in grammatical nuance, and shatteringly unoriginal in concept--for which Guest was renowned. To that list, in this case, we might add anatomically confused.

I do not see how it can be defended that "he wrote corn, but wrote it well". No question some have written worse, but that is a piss-poor criterion to use in seeking quality.