Mid-West Quarterly, The (1913-1918)


Date of this Version



Published in The Mid-West Quarterly Vol. 1, No. 4, July 1914.


"The art of reasoning," says one of Wordsworth's eminent eulogists, "even the art of coherent speech, was to the poet a kind of art of lying." "The whole energy of his mind was spent to reunite what men had put asunder, to fuse in holy passion the differences that are invented by the near-sighted activities of the discriminating human intellect." "The unsophisticated perceptions and thoughts of children and of the peasantry, of half-witted human creatures and of the animals that are nearer to earth than we, lent him a more rompanionable guidance [than his own intellect and] to these spiritual directors he submitted his heart in humble reverence and gratitude. "