Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Transcription 72 THE SIMMS REVIEW

sands of truths, which the great body of mankind only
behold as "through a glass darkly," even if they behold
at all! (60-61)
This is surely a formula for engagement, not disengagement, as
might be supposed by those who imagine that an insurmountable oppo-
sition must needs exist between literary culture and scientific culture,
and who would lay the blame for such an opposition at the door of the
Kantians and the German Idealists who followed Kant. Simms, I would
say, gives in Poetry and the Practical a remarkable presentation of the
view that Kant and Schiller were also seeking to present—the view that
would later be distorted by the proponents of 1 'art pour 1'art.


Works Cited
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London: Hafner, 1951.
Poe, Edgar Allan. Selected Writings. Ed. Edward H. Davidson. Riverside ed.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1956.
Schiller, Friedrich. Essays. Ed. Walter Hinderer and Daniel O. Dahlstrom. New
York: Continuum, 1995.
Simms, William Gilmore. Poetry and the Practical. Ed. James Everett Kibler Jr.
Fayetteville: U of Arkansas P, 1996.