BH. John Gould Fletcher

11. ‘East and West’. Criterion 7 (June 1928): 306-24.

  Reprinted in Selected Essays.  

Fletcher begins with the proposition that the ‘present moment in the world’s history is significant in human development’ because it ‘has produced the first complete confrontation of East and West known to history’. What follows is a compelling analysis of the failings of Western culture ‘in light of’ Asian civilisation. Fletcher’s understanding of the contemplative tradition of East Asia is more in evidence than in any of his poems. Includes reference to Perry’s expedition to Japan. Reprinted in 21.






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