Excerpt from Poetry of to-Day: The Poetry Review New Verse Supplement; March-April, 1919
AS the cosmos is of light and shade, SO is life, microscopic human life, of ¿esh and spirit, and it is to the spirit that is dormant, almost beaten out of their weary lives, that the appe... al must be. The arts do not play any part in lives such as these, lacking not only this world's good but leisure to devote to beauty, and lacking also the divine impetus born in each but triumphantly strangled by the twin devils of need for belly and back. Indeed it were wondrous were it other, for until the carnal is satisfied there can be no spiritual, the base is SO much stronger than the noble.
And it is therefore a difficult matter to bring beauty to those whose life can know no art; but one of the arts is universal in its appeal. In the midst Of even such sorrow laden Spots Spring up the theatre and the music-hall, and by an inspiration no less than that of less practical but more wordy visionaries, Miss Baylis has ada ted the theatre to her purpose. There in the midst of ife in its most sterile form is her theatre. There the noblest works of our language are played before the crudest audiences; there the most beautiful of Operas are performed; and there will be found a constant and appreciative attendance of those starved in soul to whom this is the most satisfying pabulum.
Of this audience it was said by one who grinned, Here you will hear new, delightful and quite just criticism of play and players. Those people have no knowledge Of Shakespeare as a lesson learned by rote at school, and there fore hateful. They are surprising in the depth of their acquaintance with the plays, and know much more of them than you or I, and moreover they take it all with an intense seriousness.
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