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It is no use pretending that in an age like our own, 'good'poetry can have any genuine popularity. It is, and must be, thecult of a very few people, the least tolerated of the arts. Perhapsthat statement needs a certain amount of qualification. True poetrycan sometimes be acceptable to the mass of the people when itdisguises itself as something else. One can see an example of thisin the folk-poetry that England still possesses, certain nurseryrhymes and mnemonic rhymes, for instance, and the songs thatsoldiers make up, including the words that go to some of thebugle-calls. But in general ours is a civilization in which thevery word 'poetry' evokes a hostile snigger or, at best, the sortof frozen disgust that most people feel when they hear the word'God'. If you are good at playing the concertina you could probablygo into the nearest public bar and get yourself an appreciativeaudience within five minutes. But what would be the attitude ofthat same audience if you suggested reading them Shakespeare'ssonnets, for instance? Good bad poetry, however, can get across tothe most unpromising audiences if the right atmosphere has beenworked up beforehand. Some months back Churchill produced a greateffect by quoting Clough's 'Endeavour' in one of his broadcastspeeches. I listened to this speech among people who couldcertainly not be accused of caring for poetry, and I am convincedthat the lapse into verse impressed them and did not embarrassthem. But not even Churchill could have got away with it if he hadquoted anything much better than this.
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As a whole, this story might come out of any nineteenth-centurycomic paper. But the unmistakable Dickens touch, the thing thatnobody else would have thought of, is the baked shoulder of muttonand potatoes under it. How does this advance the story? The answeris that it doesn't. It is something totally unnecessary, a floridlittle squiggle on the edge of the page; only, it is by just thesesquiggles that the special Dickens atmosphere is created. The otherthing one would notice here is that Dickens's way of telling astory takes a long time. An interesting example, too long to quote,is Sam Weller's story of the obstinate patient in Chapter XLIV ofTHE PICKWICK PAPERS. As it happens, we have a standard ofcomparison here, because Dickens is plagiarizing, consciously orunconsciously. The story is also told by some ancient Greek writer.I cannot now find the passage, but I read it years ago as a boy atschool, and it runs more or less like this: