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The Persistence of Poetry by  Witter BYNNER - Signed First Edition - 1929 - from Rare Illustrated Books (SKU: 1017)

The Persistence of Poetry

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The Persistence of Poetry

by BYNNER, Witter

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San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1929. First Edition. One of an edition of 325 copies signed by the author. Printed by the Brothers Johnson at the Windsor Press, handset type on handmade Arches paper. Finely reasoned essay on poetry venturing from the songs of the Navajo to a lengthy discussion on Chinese poems and Wordsworth. 'It is not necessary that culture bring about the death of poetry, as it did in the Rome of Virgil. The cynics are wrong who see in our future no place for an art which belongs, they say, to the childhood of the race. The head of a man and the heart of a child working together as in the Chinese have made possible with one race and may make possible with any race, even in the thick of the most intricate culture, the persistence of the purest poetry.' Witter Bynner. Limited edition of 325 signed copies. Small slim quarto, original red cloth, small neat previous owner's inscription on inner cover, back board partially sunned, else fine.


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The Persistence of Poetry
BYNNER, Witter
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Book Club of California
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typography Navajo Hopi Pueblo folk poetry Shakespeare Li Po A.E. Housman Edna St Vincent Millay Amy Lowell Chinese poetry Confucius Ku Hung-ming
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