Letter from Bliss Carman to Rufus Hathaway, April 5, 1917: a machine-readable transcription.

Author: Carman, Bliss,1861-1929

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Letter from Bliss Carman to Rufus Hathaway, April 5, 1917.

Author: Bliss Carman

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Print copy consulted: Harriet Irving Library, Archives and Special Collections, The Rufus Hathaway Collection of Canadian literature, Vertical file, Folder number 462.

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English non-fiction; prose Carman, Bliss,1861-1929--Correspondence Hathaway, R.H. (Rufus Hawtin),1869-1933--Correspondence Manuscript pages 24-bit colour; 72 dpi.
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New Canaan,

5. April. 1917
My dear
Mr. Hathaway :

Kennerley has
just sent me a letter of
yours to read, and I am
reminded that I have
neglected you of late very
incorrigibly. Here are two
small items that were
printed this winter, one
here, and one in Boston.


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There is not much "doing"
in the world of poetry in
these days, at least in
this vicinity. The greater
and insistent problems
of the tremendous times
obliterate all other interests. Perhaps when the
war is over, and we begin
to arrange our ideas of life
on a new basis, we shall
have some fine poetry
again. But I feel that

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when that time arrives,
only new men, young men,
or those who have taken
part in the struggle will be
entitled to take part in
the parliament of art.
The Victorian days belong
to history. I believe the
new days will be better, but
I doubt if any of the men
who came to maturity before
the great war will be able to
find the new key, the new
mode, the new tune.


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Canada has done so much,
so finely, in the war, that I
think she must do as well
when peace is restored. I hope
you will get Universal Service
and training. That will at
least be one good out of the
monstrous evil.

Fortunately the N.S. seems
likely to save her sail at
the last moment. And for
that all who admire her
must rejoice.

Very Truly Yours

Bliss Carman