The sub-title, ""Poems of Consolation for the English-speaking World"", gives the clue to the market for this anthology of elegiac poetry. Horace Gregory believes that the best consolation lies in the ""enduring past""; he has included comparatively little contemporary verse, but has chosen a relatively equal balance of familiar and unfamiliar from the classics. A few moderns are represented, -- Jeffers, Frost, Benet, Sitwell, Santayana and a few others. The great classic elegies are included, Tennyson's In Memoriam, Lycidas, Adonais; there are poems commemorating lovely women and great men, heroes, friends, loves, saints; poems of immortality; of the survival of the spirit beyond the earth. There are lighter poems of less moment. The market today is obvious -- and extensive.