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Spiritus Mundi: Essays on Literature, Myth, and Society by Northrop Frye
This collection of a dozen major essays written in recent year is vintage Frye-the fine distillation of a lifetime of originative thinking about literature and its context. The essays in Spiritus Mundi-the title comes from one of Yeat's best known poems, "The Second Coming," and refers to the book that was supposedly the source of Yeat's apocalyptic vision of a "great beast, slouching toward Bethlehem"-are arranges in three groups of four essays each. The first four are about the "contexts of literature," the second are about the "mythological universe," and the last are studies of four of the great visionary or myth-making poets who have been enduring sources of interest for Frye: Milton, Blake, Yeats, and Wallace Stevens. The volume is full of agreeable surprises: a delightful piece on charms and riddles is followed by an illuminating essay on Shakespearean romance.
Sniffing Out a Trail
By Kayode Taiwo Olla. The mystery of the power of creativity in literature and even in art and music will, I daresay, forever remain at least, in part an inscrutable marvelous aspect of the arts to the judgment of the rational mind. I will love to take an especial mention on the Romantic poets in this essay; or in another sense, look on this question using the Romantics as a case study—as, in my own opinion, Romantic imagination is one of the literary traditions best privileging imaginative creativity, even in its Gothic story traditions, in fact. Although, today the contemporary genre and tradition of modern science fiction very much engages imaginative creativity a great deal today! Now if then this inspiration is in some way intrinsic, can man not comprehend how it came by?
Reviewed by Michael Fischer. A list of all books included in this review precedes the notes at the end. Thinking about literature often originates in extra-literary value judgments. Bate New York: Harcourt, , p.