1. In September 1938, Very, a tutor of Greek at Harvard, had a mystical experience; he told his students that the Holy Spirit was speaking through him and that the end of the world was at hand. His employment at Harvard was terminated, and he was sent briefly to an asylum, though many considered him sane. Both of these poems date from his visionary period.
– Footnote on Jones Very’s poems “The Dead” and “The Lost,” from the No5thed.rton AnPoetrythology (1044)