A. G. Stephens as Editor of Barcroft Boake’s Poems
Certainly in the case of his alterations to the bush poems of Barcroft Boake, Stephens's editing showed a good deal of ignorance of the spirit and atmosphere of Boake's verse. I have referred to this briefly in a recent study, but further elaboration is possible in this note. 'Occasionally I have strengthened a line or changed a word where the advantage seemed obvious or the necessity great...', Stephens wrote in the Preface to his collection of Boake's verses; yet some of his emendations are apparently so limited by conventions of diction as to call his poetic sensibility into doubt.
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