A perceptive and stimulating study of the variety and significance of poetry in the last 25 years, fine drawn analysis heightened by keen appreciation. The author has used the more important modern poetry for source and illustrations, stressing poets who have marked new trends in thought and treatment. Eliot and Pound, Frost, Auden, Yeats --- these are the highlights. Throughout the link between poet and period is stressed, his role in society illuminated. Part two deals with the poetic process, use of imagination, of pattern, of word; with the obliquity of modern poetry clarified by indicating the influences that have created it, personal symbolism, psychiatry, compression. An illuminating piece of work. Colleges -- study groups --libraries.