Letter from Archibald Lampman to William Wilfred Campbell
A page from a letter to Campbell from Archibald Lampman in which Lampman weighs in on the so-called “War Among the Poets.” Lampman tells Campbell, “There is never anything to be gained by getting up a row…. There is little enough true work being done, and it is a shame that those who have a portion of the gift … waste their time and ability in confounded foolishness as you have just been doing”.
There is never any thing to be gained by getting up a row. Let each of us silently possess his own soul and envelope whatever is brightest and best in it and give the product to the world when we can, and as we can, after moulding it to the fairest shape possible. There is little enough true work being done, and it is a shame that those who have a portion [sic] of ? gift to do it should waste their...