Excerpt from Phaethon: With Three Other Stories in Verse and a Prose Contention Fundamental principles, in these days of veneer and gloss, are apt to be overlaid and lost sight of. Almost every decade requires the new enunciation of old truths, else they become buried in the mass of opinions, inferences, sophistical deductions. Much has been heard about the moral indif ference of art, that the poet must be free from all moral prepossessions' and that he must aim at a purely artistic effect.' The result of this kind of criticism is that we have poetry to a great extent void of feeling, invention, human interest, and as a natural consequence, the general public indiffer ent to the bulk of contemporary verse. Novels, filled with what this poetry lacks, have all the sale for it goes without saying that poetry is a drug in the market.' It is doubtful whether one, out of a hundred volumes of poems that are published. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.