A. Kozaitis's enumeration of Lind's fallacies very useful - thanks for
that. Three things especially irritate me: 1) L's ignorance of the
vitality, the centrality of 20th-century free verse in other languages -
Ekelof, Celan, Z. Herbert, Hikmet, Char, Ungaretti; 2) the fact that
great poets often use both modes - Brecht, Montale, Pessoa, Reznikoff;
3) the existence of verse that is technically "free" but is so tight
that it is IMPOSSIBLE to imagine otherwise, while being utterly
accessible to any educated and attentive reader - HD, one of my great
masters, case in point. For that matter, what did Whitman write?
(Another arid academic.)
I also loathed L's mentioning Jeffers, whose long line was informed both
by Whitman and thorough grounding in the classics.
When quarreling with US formalists I've often found them ignorant of ANY
of the poets mentioned. Then they dismiss the idea that an
English-language poet can learn from non-English poetry, translated or