This distinguished collection of divers essays, written at different times and published separately in outstanding literary journals, form a coherent whole. Mr. Tate is a literary diagnostician of premier quality and rank and has the added gifts of imagination and scholarship. His method is precise and clear; his contentions are boldly conceived and buttressed by concise argument. Emily Dickinson, Keats, Hardy, Yeats, Hart Crane, John Peale Bishop, T. S. Eliot, Donne, Pound, MacLeish, Edwin Arlington Robinson are a few of the poets analyzed in the subdivisions which give an orientation on The Present Function of Criticism, Literature and Knowledge, Tension in Poetry, Understanding Modern Poetry, The New Provincialism, The Profession of Letters in the South, etc., etc. Poets, critics, students, and the lay field of literary intelligentsia will find much to interest and stimulate them here.