In publishing the works of these three new young poets, Scribner is continuing its constructive program in Poets of Today....

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POETS OF TODAY: IV

In publishing the works of these three new young poets, Scribner is continuing its constructive program in Poets of Today. John Hall Wheelock, an experienced elder statesman among our poets, has written a long and appreciative introduction to this fourth volume. He feels that the days of super-analysis, of complication to the point of obscurity, are past; that the dawn of a new synthesis is visible on the poets' horizon. He feels that these three poets represent this felicitous trend, in which enjoyment is an end in itself....George Garrett he sees as ""strongly musical...fascinated and tormented by...the essence of things"". His poems, short and written with a very short line, show originality and skill and charm...Very different are the long outpourings of Theodore Holmes, written with a matter-of-factness and sobriety, but revealing strong love of life and the physical world. Of him Wheelock sees something in common with Rilke...Of the third poet, Robert Wallace, Wheelock writes appreciatively:""...Wallace is an exact observer...of the smaller forms of life"". The focal point around which his poems center are such small creatures as dragon flies, snails, spiders, etc. But what is important is his character as a lyricist, his feeling for form, tone and cadence...These are young talents to be reckoned with, new lights to watch on the poetry horizon.

Pub Date: Aug. 16, 1957

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Publisher: Scribner

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1957