A Poet on Poets.
The following, from the "Boston Pilot" of February Ist, 1890, is the last published poem of John Boyle O'Reilly, whose death was announced by last mail:— Poets should not reason ; Let them sing! Argument is treason — Bells should ring. Statements none, nor questions ; Gnomic words, Spirit cries, suggestions, Like the birds. He may use deduction Who must preach ; He may praise instruction Who must teach. But the poet duly Fills his parb When the song bursts truly From his heart. • For no purpose springing, For no pelf; He must do the singing For itself. Not m lines austerely Let him build ; Not the', surface merely Let him gild. Fearless, uninvited, Like a spring, Opal-words inlighted, L«t him ising. As the leaf grows sunward Song must grow; As the stream flows onward Song must flow. Useless ? aye—for measure ; Roses die, But their breath gives pleasure— God knows why !
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A Poet on Poets., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2529, 27 September 1890
A Poet on Poets. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2529, 27 September 1890
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