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Celtic Fairies
CELTIC

FAiRIES

bVisionsand Beliefs in theWest of Irelanid (2 vols.), collected


and arranged by Lady Gregory, with two essays and notes
G. P. Putnam's Sons.
byW. B. Yeats.

byArthur
IrishFairy Tales, by JamesStephens,illustrated
Rackham. Macmillan Co.

The Boy Apprenticed

to an Enchanter,

by Padraic ColumI1,

Walker. Macmillan Co.


byDugald Stewart
illustrated
Althoughthebookshere listedare not strictlyinPOETRY'S
contentplaces themso
province,theirhighly imnaginative

near it thatwe must recommend them briefly to our readers.

Lady Gregory's beautifuland scholarlywork presents

the raw material out of which themodern Irish poets, headed


have shaped masterpieces, and from

by Synge and Yeats,


which

their successors will

continue

to draw

so long as

thereare Irishpoets. In settingforththusthe"Celtic con


thedistinguished
supernaturalism,"
of an imminent
sciousness

editor uses the names and the exact language of the in


tell the tales, giving thus to her book the
value of direct testimony, as well as the vigor and beauty
of that folk-diction which Synge has immortalized. The
dividuals who

scope of thework

is indicated by such sectional sub-titles as

Sea Stories, Seers and Healers, The Evil Eye, Banshees and
Warnings, Friars and Priest Cures. Mr. Yeats' essays and
notes are of course not only competent but sympathetic.
Mr. Stephens' beautiful book is a poet's retelling of some
of the old Celtic folk-tales, tales handed down from long ago
in the manner Lady Gregory's collection makes us under

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POETRY:

of Verse

a Magazine

stand. It goeswithoutsayingthatthe talesare shapedinto


without lossof simplicity
compactformby thisclose stylist
are a return
and charm. And Mr. Rackham's illustrations
mood.
tohis bestmannerandmost imaginative
This bookandMr. Colum's are forchildrenin thesense
has been so
only that someof theworld's best literature
intended;but no grown-upwho loves imaginativeand
poeticfolkstoriesshoulddenyhimselfthepleasureof such
toan enchanter"
work bypoetsat play. One is "apprenticed
in reading
Mr. Colum's book; and his paraphrasesof the
classic epics-Homer, theNorse sagas, etc.-may also be
to any child,youngor old, as examplesof
recommended
H. M.
prose.
vivid and beautifulimaginative
A LI1TLE

SCHOOL

FOR THE

ELECT

The Little School,byT. SturgeMoore. Harcourt,Brace


andHowe.
The littleschoolforwhichMr. Moore writes his lovely
book is obviously the sort of school that an artist like Mr.

would be a painteror en
Moore would-plan. Its teacher
graveror poet,while thepupilswould be girlsand boyswith
of thedevelopingartist.
thevisionand theappreciation
Naturally

this is not the kind of school or book that chil

dren nourishedon the red and yellow humorof Rudolph


ofThe Youth's
wholesomeness
Dirks or eventhemonotonous
Companion will greatly care for. It is too quiet, too re
flective, too full of beauty. But this fact is not against it.
The child with parent or teacher of sense and apprecia

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