The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #25650   Message #303272
Posted By: M.Ted
22-Sep-00 - 02:47 PM
Thread Name: Anyone here had to recite?
Subject: RE: Anyone here had to recite?
It ought to be noted that many of these poems that we so earnestly took to heart are literature in the same way that "Love Story" and "Valley of the Dolls" were literature, albeit to a later age.

Even those works that had merits of the high order were trammeled into doggerel by generations of well meaning and noble minded teachers and other officers of culture--and yet the most mawkish or mauldin of lines, recalled after all these intervening years, has a marvelous ability to evoke other worlds, both real and imagined, that were, til this moment, forgotten--