[To John Sutherland:]
Just a note to appreciate Roy Campbell's comments. I have to thank you for bringing my work to his attention. I have often said that of all contemporary writers he is the poet with the highest flight of imagination so far ahead of Spender and MacNeice, et al. His 'Terrapin' and 'Flowering Rifle' left me breathless with excitement. Never before had the heroic couplet been so brilliantly sustained, and the imagery is beyond praise. I was introduced to his work by Squire of the 'London Mercury' when I was in England in 1924. I wanted very much to meet Campbell but our paths didn't cross. Some day perhaps. If you know his address convey my compliments to him, will you?
Roy Campbell's comments
I think Pratt is a very fine poet indeed. He can think and he uses the vernacular naturally to simplify complicated ideas by means of unusual images, whereas most moderns use an obscure literary jargon to disguise the excruciating triviality of the few apophthegms that serve them in the place of ideas. I was impressed as much by the portrait as by the poem and extract quoted. He has a very human and amusing face quite apart from being ornamental and there is a great deal of humour in the work. I have ordered his books ... and am looking forward to reading his work in big chunks. His imagery is superb (quoted with permission of Campbell's literary executor, Francisco Campbell Custadio).Sutherland had passed these comments on to Pratt.
His 'Terrapin' and 'Flowering Rifle'