COLLECTED POEMS OF SIR JOHN SQUIRE by J. C. Squire

COLLECTED POEMS OF SIR JOHN SQUIRE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This collection of verse, by the late Sir John Squire, founder of the London Mercury, consists of poems which have appeared in many anthologies as well as others, less known, which Sir John thought worthy of preservation. John Betjeman, in his short preface, says ""this book of poems is in the nature of an autobiography, for it displays the things Jack Squire held dear-his friends, his children, his native Devon and English life and scenery...."" Squire was of the generation that preceded Eliot; he is a real Georgian, with Housman, Brooke and Ralph Hodgson, and for a long time he has been hidden behind the modern and the neo-baroque. At his best as a poet of direct description, there are many lovely pieces here, and while his following may be strongly English (primarily among the many artists, writers, architects, poets and critics he encouraged), he will go down in history as one of the good British minor poets.

Pub Date: March 10th, 1960
Publisher: St. Martin's Press