This article bridges the gap between the instinctive liking for musical candence and a true understanding of poetry. Here Stephen Vincent Benet tells the story of his art in a way to interest young children. It was originally published in 1929 and is now republished here with a new introductory biography. Benet was an accomplished writer at an early age, having had his first book published at 17. His best known works are the book-length narrative poem American Civil War, John Brown's Body (1928), and two short stories, The Devil and Daniel Webster (1936) and By the Waters of Babylon (1937).
Used availability for Stephen Vincent Benet's The Magic of Poetry and the Poet's Art
March 2014 : UK Paperback