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mark him for them as "popular." Others belittle him on other grounds. The fact remains that for beauty of form and line, originality of conception, serenity of thought, John Masefield is supreme. He is a more vital poet than Hardy, a more thoughtful poet than Kipling, a more virile poet than Yeats. His great lines are many, and there are many great and memorable poems. As a dramatist, he possesses a quiet depth that is perhaps the mark also of the great poet rather than the dramatic genius;

yet there are few finer modern plays than The Tragedy of nan.

The Bookman


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From Salt Water Poems and Ballads"