Articles in The Spectator (McPherson College Newspaper) about Dr. Naumann's Literary Criticism to be published in the Romanic Review, and his contribution to literary criticism for poetry in The Spectator.
...Dr. Walter Naumann, head of the language department, Monday spoke in chapel about the different methods of literary criticism in a speech cut short by limited time caused by a wait, and a piano duet.Dr. Naumann's speech was cut short by someone being late and a piano duet. HAHAHA! But seriously, that would have made Opa nuts, he did not stand for tardiness and I imagine Dr. Naumann, German man he was, also did not appreciate the late start. How long was this piano duet? I bet Opa was in the audience. Maybe he and Naumann locked eyes for a moment, with the knowing look that this late nonsense would never happen in Germany. Probably not, but it's entertaining to imagine.
What kills me is that it seems the best part of his speech was his conclusion, and the article indicates that he was unable to convey that part. Too bad- because it inspired me! He essentially tells budding poets: don't compare yourself to Homer and Shakespeare. The value of your poetry is in whether or not you satisfied your own conscience and tried your very best. That's good advice for many endeavors!