Excerpt from Two Foemen, and Other Poems
I have frequently appended dates to the lyrics, these referring to the year of their original creation. For instance, the sonnet Redcar 1899 (inserted here because of its suitability) was written in my boyhood Spring: 1911 in a North G... erman town. The latter is a contraction of therugged ballad-metre into 3 2; and I have included it because it was upon this that I based the metre of the Greifswald of Two Fishers, verses whose date related to the time of the occurrence of an experience. As in Two Fishers, the lyrics here represent merely a selection. The poet always hopes for a sudden extension of his circle of readers but this denied him, publication usually helps to ensure the existence of his work, if its quality be in any way durable. In my own case the hazard of a. Wandering changing life has not been entirely favourable to literary preservation. Some of my work has been lost, some I have deliberately destroyed but now I would hold fast what I have.
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