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Poetry Review--"The Meek Shall Inherit . . . (The Earthworm Speaks)" by Delbert R. Gardner

J. C. Runolfson ("Jules") reviews Goblin Fruit Summer 2009 in Seajules, July 15, 2009.

This is not the end of the feast, however, though it be the end of the courses.
For all their greed, goblins do like to boast, and thus are two more dishes
offered for the tasting. The first is "The Meek Shall Inherit..." by Delbert
Gardner, a suitably mild title to lull one after a full meal. Be careful when
you bite, however; this one contains worms, one of which might just squirm where your laughter lies, to free it (as you will never be free, no, not now that
you've tasted the fruit) and give the goblins a morsel of their own.

Should you manage the worms without flinching, the true final dish is Anna
Sykora's "Article of Faith," like a dark, piquant chocolate truffle to finish
off both the meal and the day.

Poetry Review--"Tammuz to Ishtar" by Delbert R. Gardner

Amal El-Mohtar, "This just in: Mythic Delirium 19 rocks like Gibraltar," review of Mythic Delirium 19, Summer/Fall 2008, in Voices on the Midnight Air: Too Low They Build, Who Build Beneath the Stars, Dec. 24, 2008.

"Tammuz to Ishtar," by Delbert R. Gardner, is a beautiful, haunting sonnet that made me think of some of Duncan Campbell Scott's poems; the rhythm's tilt from line to line put me in mind of "Watkwenies" [by D. C. Scott], which I'm sure won't mean anything to those of you lacking an interest in Canadian Confederation poets, but all the same. What I mean is, it's lovely.

Book Review--An “Idle Singer” and His Audience: A Study of William Morris’s Poetic Reputation in England, 1858-1900 by Delbert R. Gardner

Review of An “Idle Singer” and His Audience: A Study of William Morris’s Poetic Reputation in England, 1858-1900 by Delbert R. Gardner in "Recent Studies in the Nineteenth Century" by Thomas McFarland, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, Vol. 16, No. 4, Nineteenth Century, Autumn 1976, pp. 693-727.

(Sometimes the book in this review is cited as "An Idle Singer" and His Audience: The Poetic Reputation of William Morris, 1858-1900.)


This study is another one of those deserving dissertations that has found its way into print, and is . . . laudably professional on its own grounds. . . . It is perhaps more interesting than such ventures sometimes are, because Morris' reputation oscillated more than is usual--he had not one, but several careers, as poet, designer, prose writer, and socialist propagandist.

Review of An 'Idle Singer' and His Audience: A Study of William Morris's Poetic Reputation in England, 1858-1900
Peter Faulkner; Delbert R Gardner

Article : English

The Yearbook of English Studies, 1977, vol. 7, p. 308-309


Document Type: Article All Authors / Contributors: Peter Faulkner; Delbert R Gardner ISSN:0306-2473 OCLC Number: 479647568 Language Note: English

Citations in Other Sources of Works by Delbert R. Gardner

Quoted in:

Ellis, Steve. Chaucer at Large: The Poet in the Modern Imagination. Medieval Cultures, Vol. 24. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000. ISBN 0816633762. See p. 169, note 28.

Delbert R. Gardner has noted how the comparison between Morris and Chaucer became a stock-in-trade of Victorian reviews of the former's poetry after 1867, with reviewers equally divided between those arguing for congruence between the two poets and those differentiating them on grounds of "characterization, dramatic power, antiquarianism, and tone." See "The Victorian Chaucer," chapter 3 of Gardner's An "Idle Singer" and His Audience: A Study of William Morris's Poetic Reputation in England, 1858-1900 (The Hague: Mouton, 1975), 35-58. Occasionally, the two poets were even presented as the complete antithesis to each other; see "Geoffrey Chaucer and William Morris," New Monthly Magazine 149 (1871): 280-86.

Quoted in:

Helsinger, Elizabeth K. Poetry and the Pre-Raphaelite Arts: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2008. ISBN 9780300122732. Index indicates the citation: "Gardner, Delbert R., 279n25" (see note 25 to p. 279).

Dissertation version, William Morris’s Poetic Reputation in England, 1858-1900 by Delbert R. Gardner (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester, 1963, held at the university library), included on a resource list:

"Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Utopian, and Dystopian Theses and Dissertations," compiled by Leslie Kay Swigart, last updated September 23, 2004, (c) 2002-2004.

Authors: E through K.

1963 Gardner, Delbert Ralph William Morris's Poetic Reputation in England, 1858-1900 [Institution] U Rochester [Country {& State if US}] US-NY [Degree {B, M, D}] D [DAI & MAI] DA 24: 2030

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