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Gilman, James W. (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Volume XIX, Number 5 (March 1920)

Gluck, Elsie
March,   p. 136


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WISCONSIN LITERARY MAGAZINE
March 1920
Communication
W       E, THE students of the University of Wis-
AV    7 consin, are searching for truth; searching for
truth in thought and opinion that tomorrow it may be
translated into action. Our country and our age
looks to us, and to the thousands like us, to be its
leaders in the near future. But if we are to be the
captains of tomorrow, we must think today. How
better to obtain that breadth of thought and tolerance
of view so necessary to intelligent leadership than by
listening to the present day molders of thought and by
frank and open discussion of all questions with our
fellow students?
To carry out this scheme we need a form of organ-
ization which is essentially different from any that is
active in the University at the present time. We need
a group of students who are interested in the larger
aspects of life, the economic and aesthetic as well as
the political and social; a group which will aim, with-
out affiliating itself with any sect or party, to bring
before the student body the representative and inspir-
ing in dramatic art and in current intellectual move-
ments.
Such a nucleus we hope the New Forum, which
has just organized, may prove to be. It is a group of
students organized for the promotion of discussion,
among the undergraduates, of all the vital subjects of
the day, aesthetic as well as economic. Individual be-
lief and opinion are no recommendation or bar to
membership, since the organization binds itself to no
economic, political, or religious platforms, save toler-
ance and freedom. Certainly an organization such
as the New Forum, which bases its program on the
spirit of those fine words on the plate at the entrance
to Main Hall:
"Whatever may be the limitations which
trammel enquiry elsewhere, we believe that the
great state university of Wisconsin should ever
encourage that continual and fearless sifting and
winnowing by which alone the truth can be
found,"
deserves the earnest investigation of every serious
student.
ESTHER T. GUERINI,
Chairman, Publicity Committee,
The New Forum.
MARCH.
The rain beat my cheeks,
The wind tore my hair and shrieked,
"Give in, give in!"
I turned my face to the skies,
I loosed my hair for the wind,
For in my heart I knew
That spring would come.
ELSIE GLUCK.
The Bookshop
Mr. Leonard's Fables.' By Traugott Boehme. Formerly
Lecturer on Literature and Philosophy at Columbia
University.
The IUsopian fable had lost its vitality as a full-grown
type of literature with the dawn of the modern world.  It
continued to be taken seriously only in schools and pulpits as
a vehicle for morality in educating children and simple folk.
La Fontaine, Gay, Gellert, Lessing, and others endeavored
to bring the primitive charm of IEsop's fables up to date.
They enriched them by the complex social experiences of the
age of Louis XIV; they overcharged them with the niceties
of enlightened reason; they embellished them with all the pol-
ished artistry of language, diction, and meter relished during
the rationalistic age of poetry.  But they hardly departed
from the primary purpose of the IEsopian fable, which had
been no other than to teach morality, or rather mores, to help
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