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The Spike or Victoria College Review 1941

Essay in Criticism

Essay in Criticism

Paint the lives gaudy for children, blue or red;
Pattern no heroes in prose, but add
Villains that are extraordinary and bizarre,
Heroines more lovely than real ones ever were.

Establish clearly the equipose
Between action whose splendid feats amaze
And the elaborate villainy of the corrupt
For whom only a foreign accent is apt.

Be sure that for the immature
The subtlety of swinish heroes or
Perverted staints will fail;
For these are what we are. And we are real.

Anton Vogt.