16 SEPTEMBER 1899, Page 14



SIR,—" S. B.'s " letter in the Spectator of Septem- ber 2nd reminds me of a question which I have some- times discussed with a friend, — i.e., Does not a love of music often take the place of love of poetry, and vice versa ? I am myself passionately fond of poetry, but have little taste for music, and my own observations have tended to confirm my idea that where one of these feelings is strongly developed, the other is often absent. It would be interesting to learn how far this applies to poets and musicians. I believe Tennyson did not care for music. It is very difficult to understand how any one with a real appreciation of poetical prose can be unable to appreciate lines of blank verse.—I am, Sir, &c., E. M. P.