Friday, November 02, 2007
Fragments 191 ~ 195
The three greatest expository prose stylists in the language are R.G. Collingwood, W.H. Auden and Iris Murdoch. The runners up are George Steiner, Bertrand Russell and H.A. L. Fisher.
The three greatest nature poets in the language after Shakespeare are Dylan Thomas, Gerald Manly Hopkins and John Clare. A close runner up is Ted Hughes.
The three greatest metaphysical poets in the language after Shakespeare are Dylan Thomas, W.H. Auden and John Donne. A runner up is Emily Dickinson.
The three greatest lyric poets in the language after Shakespeare are John Keats, W.H. Auden and Lawrence Durrell. Distant runners up are Phillip Larkin and Douglas Dunne.
The three greatest linguistic artists in the language are Shakespeare, Dickens, and James Joyce. Milton is the closest runner up.