In: Books abroad: a quarterly publication devoted to comment on foreign books, 1949:
These exquisite nature poems are the work of a biologist and obviously the precious by-product of his stay at Terschelling and adjoining islands to do research for his thesis on the plant ecology of that region. Here is the poetic voice of a scientist whose poetic expression has not been hampered but enriched by his analytical observation and knowledge of nature, resulting in an extremely rare synthesis in modern
These verses, showing a more than skillful handling of the language give a poetic mid often very plastic picture of shore and sea and of specific plants, ani mals of biological associations as seen by the poet-scient ist. Dutch literature is to be congratulated with this poetry, differing quite strongly from nature poetry of authors like Gorter, Verwey and Guido Gezelle; none of them had a scientific background.
Washington, D.C. February 22, 1949. T.W.L. Scheltema.