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McCOMB DAILY ENTERPRISE ,, ... ...... .. 'afternoon daily J. 0 EMMERICH, Editor & Publisher OC McDAVID, City Editor PHONES Business Office 17 News Editor 18 . . n - MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS The .Associated Press ia exi'luaively entitled to use for publication of ali news dispatches credited to (i It ;Mr'Whe!wi9e not credited in this paper and also Si- Si- local y uefcs published herein. National Advertising Representatives J. J. DEV1XE ASSOCIATES, Inc. New York 1032 Chrysle.- Chrysle.- Uldtr. : Chicago 307 N. Michigan Ave.; Detroit -417 -417 New ("enter Bldpr. ; Atlanta 206 Palmer Bldpr. ; I'ittHburKh 438 Oliver Bldg. ; Syracuse Stute Tower EWk. OFFICIAL ORGAN OK McCOMB, CITV, MISSISSIPPI Every day except Saturday and Sunday. By carrier, carrier, 10c per week, 45c per month. Kural areas in McComb trade area. $2. 50 per yenr, by mail. Elsewhere $4.00 per year. Entered at the Postuffice at McComb, Mississippi, as second-class second-class second-class mail matter. OFFICIAL ORGAN OF PIKE COUNTY MISSISSIPPI WE MINGLED WITH THE POETS Herschel Brickell, literary aditor of the New Evening Post, in a lecture delivered delivered in Jackson Friday evening, said that the three greatest American poets in his opinion are Walt Whitman, Sidney Sidney Lanier and Robert. Frost. He characterized characterized Poet Frost as 1he most typically typically American of the three because of his genuine love of people which is reflected reflected in his works. There are many people who will not agree with Mr. Brickell's selection and it' must be admitted that he was not sectional nor provincial in his choices for Whitman was born in New York, Frost in California and Lanier in Macon, Georgia. The New York critic, a most genial person. and at one time managing editor editor of the Jackson Daily News, said that Edgar Allen Poe was a rhythmic tricketer for whose cunning he had more respect than his ability as a poet. Who are we to disagree with such a recognized authority? Modestly we would refrain were it not a known fact that the cultivated Frenchmen of ti e Eighteenth century found Shakespeare crude and this appraisal coming from men who were used to the stately classics of Pierre Corneille and Jeane Racine Poe possessed a depth of emotion and an inspired pen that portrays his feelings to those who read his lines. . . . and it may be our own uncultured selves that prompts the thought that Mr. Brickell's opinion of Poe is after all just one man's opinion be he ever so capable a critic. Fred Sullens rushes to the defense of his Detroit friend, Edgar Guest and says that "Mr. Brickell may be right, especially if he is limiting his selection to 1he highbrow versesmiths, but Edgar Edgar Guest is our favorite, and our choice remains firm in face of Her-shell's Her-shell's Her-shell's opinion. ... Fddie is the poet of the people He writes verses thai ordinary ordinary folks can understand and this is, or should be, the purpose of all good writers. .. .Furthermore Eddie can reel off a rattling good rhyme while the average poet is fooling around with his eyes in fine frenzy rolling and nary a line being put on paper." Incidentally the conventional critics at one time thought that Walt Whitman Whitman to be "the sort of a person you shouldn't let in your house because he might wipe his muddy feet on your best carpets." So even the opinions of critics vary and fluctuate which permits permits an average citizen to hold to a personal personal opinion without feeling ridiculous. w There are thousands of individuals who possess an abiding appreciation of poetry. There are others who look upon upon this art as something effeminate and abstract Yet history tells us that when Alexander the Great, strove to conquer the world that he carried Homer's "Illiad" about with him in a golden casket. . . .and James Wolfe, the famous British military genius told his council oft war on the eve of victory that he would rather have written Gray's "Elegy" than capture Quebec. Poetry is the oldest art . . beat and rhythm and dance. man's deep expression of feeling It is It is It does not walk but bops, skips and jumps. " It is meant 'to be heard as well as read.... Thus the primitive North "American Indian, seeing and sensing something beautiful in the fields about him, beat his drum and to the rhythm of the tapping chanted, "The corn grows by the red rock ; Beautifully Beautifully it grows." Jjc Most people use many words and say so little. Poetry uses very few words and says so much. Just as the composer uses certain notes of the musical instrument to express express his conception of the roar of the whispering cf the pines, the flight of birds, the passing cf time, so does the poet resort to combinations of words. Beautifully selected words, with rhythm, meter and pattern, fashion the poetic music that thrills the people of all continents. continents. From the most primitive savage savage to the most cultured civilized man there has been evidence of appreciation of words with music as well as meaning. meaning. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was certainly close to the hearts of the American people.... He expressed the simple, natural affections, the high moral conceptions, the love of nature, unvarying kindliness. .. .and with fine artistic sense. . .It would be difficult to displace Longfellow in the hearts of millions millions of American people but millions of people are not the literary critics, yet the critics themselves .an nut agree and they are usually all weighted down with educational recognition. recognition. ... Nor can American people easily forget the poems of Oliver Wendell Wendell Holmes, so fraught with romance, humor, pathos, wisdom and wholesome sentiment. .. .Nor can they erase from their minds the exquisite felicity of language language so expressive of the poems of Edgar Edgar Allen Poe. It is certainly a pleasant thing for the common lot of people to know that the critics do not always agree. As it is any of us can venture an opinion. . . . and enjoy the possibility of being right. A SELF-LIQUIDATING SELF-LIQUIDATING SELF-LIQUIDATING BANQUET The men of Centenary Methodist church are planning a banquet Tuesday night. The plan of financing is quite unique. It is the idea of M. E. Badon and we pass it on to other people in this and other communities. Every man who attends will bring some article and place it on a table sa-cured sa-cured sa-cured for the purpose. The item given may be a can of peas, a sack of flour, a couple of pounds of pecans, a toy .... anything. The item may have a value of any amount or it can be worthless. There is no admission charge to the banquet but after the program is over the things on the table will be sold. Every person wi be asked to buy one article. lie may pay any amount he wishes for the thing he selecst. Therefore, Therefore, he brings what he wants to bring; lie takes away what be wants to take away.... and he is under no obligation as iO price. We offer odds that Ihe following banquel of this church will more than be self liquidating. A PIERCING STORY "I shall never forgive Franco for killing Federico Garcia Lorca," said Mr. Herschell Brickell, in his lecture before the Mississippi Poetry Tociety. "Lorca was the greatest poet this generation has produced in Spain. He expressed the feelings of the people. He was not a politician nor was he concerned concerned with politics. He chose only to write poetry to read books.... to live with people and to giv evoice to his thoughts but shortly after the civil war broke out in Spain he was executed executed by order of General Franco." "After the war was over I met a friend who was a member of the Franco Franco party. I told him that I had known Lorca; that he was not the kind of a man that would harm anyone; that he was a man of peace and love and understanding understanding ad then I asked, 'Why did Franco kill him?' Then said Mr. Brickell, "I received my greatest definition of Fascism .... my friend answered me, 'Lorca was an intelligent man.' This story of totalitarian government government is worthy of your scrapbook. ; I I . coiiabeint-n p i

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  1. Enterprise-Journal,
  2. 20 Nov 1939, Mon,
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