By Leonard Unger
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In structure, in reference, in sound, his poetry gives us, even more closely than his prose, and with the focus in which he believed, the presence of all in one, the interplay of likeness and difference in every entity of art. " Even some of his choppiest addenda are likable— "Limits," for example, or "The Bohemian Hymn," or "Water" from "Fragments," or "Nature and Life," or Roomy Eternity Casts her schemes rarely, And an aeon allows For each quality and part Of the multitudinous And many-chambered heart.
For him this form was not "organic" in the sense that we sometimes use the term, as Coleridge used the term, in the individual and spontaneous unfoldment of self as a flower. This Emerson called romantic and capricious. Rather, for him "organic" meant structural, necessary, recurrent in a context of use, in material, formal, and direct cause, that is, as he said, classic. A close look at the form of his poetry in relation to his prose tells us much of the form of the world for him. Its lines, its regular or varied stresses, its coupled or varied rhymes, are part of the body, the law, of nature.
Second, morality and intellect are related in growth. "Every man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well. He has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun. What a day dawns, when we have taken to heart the doctrine of faith! to prefer, as a better investment, being to doing ... the life to the year. . " The word investment, echoing from the essay on wealth, carries the sense of treasure used, of active commitment, in faith, to present and future.
American Writers, Volume 2 by Leonard Unger