Eli Siegel

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Eli Siegel was the poet and critic who founded the philosophy Aesthetic Realism in 1941. He wrote the award-winning poem, "Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana", two highly acclaimed volumes of poetry, a critical consideration of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw titled James and the Children, and Self and World: An Explanation of Aesthetic Realis ...
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Shakespeare, Compactly
Shakespeare, Compactly

Look at Hamlet
What Hamlet’s father said to him,
Quiet, Tears, Babies
Quiet in the street,
In the street with houses having babies,
Put Zebras By The Mississippi
Swiftly in forests, the zebra,
Slowly the Mississippi;
Zebras are by the Mississippi,
Not so by, but by.
Twenty-One Distichs About Children
Twenty-one Distichs about Children

Thou, whose exterior semblance doth belie
Thy soul's immensity.—WORDSWORTH
Hymn To Jazz And The Like
What is sound, as standing for the world and the mind of man at
any time, and in any situation?
Sound is an unknown, immeasurable reservoir which has been gone
into and used to have chants, rituals, jigs, bourrées, sonatas,


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