- Poem (136 lines); written no later than September 14, 1915. First published in Saturnalia and Other Poems(1984).Part of HPL’s feud with Charles D.Isaacson and James F.Morton, who had responded to HPL’s attacks on Isaacson’s amateur paper, In a Minor Key(see HPL’s “In a Major Key,” Conservative,July 1915) with attacks of their own in the second issue of In a Minor Key(undated, but probably dating to September 1915). The pungent satire claims to reveal the absurdities and inconsistencies in Isaacson’s defense of Walt Whitman and his appeals for racial tolerance, and Morton’s evangelical atheism. HPL apparently decided against publishing the poem in the amateur press.
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Morton, James Ferdinand, Jr. — (1870–1941) pamphleteer, amateur journalist, and friend of HPL. Morton received a simultaneous B.A. and M.A. from Harvard in 1892. In 1896–97 he was president of the NAPA; in later years he would become president of the Thomas Paine Natural … An H.P.Lovecraft encyclopedia
Poetry, Lovecraft’s — HPL wrote more than 250 poems from 1897 to 1936. The great majority of these were written in imitation of the occasional verse of Dryden and Pope, with extensive use of the heroic couplet. In 1914 HPL, responding to Maurice W.Moe’s urging to… … An H.P.Lovecraft encyclopedia
Isaacson, Charles D[avid] — (1891–1936) Amateur journalist who edited In a Minor Key,the first issue of which (undated, but published in early 1915) advocated pacifism, condemned prejudice against African Americans and Jews, and praised Walt Whitman; HPL responded… … An H.P.Lovecraft encyclopedia