It was a popular and influential book which ranged broadly over the history of World Art and expressed clear and controversial viewpoints on many aspects of the creative process.
One of its main tenets is that 'form' is more important than 'content': a work of art should be judged primarily on its visual appearance rather than on its 'meaning'.
Written in a simple, engaging style, the poems' depiction of the English countryside, with their themes of youth, love and mortality, struck a chord with the reading public, and the collection was a great success during the early decades of the 20th Century.
From 'Loveliest of trees, the cherry now':
And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodland I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.
Listen on Spotify to a George Butterworth setting of 'Loveliest of Trees ...'
It is notable for dealing with these worthy figures in a lively, irreverential and witty way.