John Livingston Lowes

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John Livingston Lowes (December 20, 1867, Decatur, Indiana – August 15, 1945, Boston, Massachusetts) was an American scholar and critic of English literature.


  • There is one way, and only one, of correctly reading a Latin hexameter. There may be three or four ways of reading an English blank verse line. I venture to say that no two mortals ever read aloud any given long passage of verse with precisely the same rhythms.
    • Conventions and Revolt in Poetry (1919)
  • Free verse may be written as very beautiful prose; prose may be written as very beautiful free verse. Which is which ?
    • Nation (February 1916)

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