A brilliant critique in verse of the present state of poetry. If written in the time of Pope or Byron or Poe, when the arts and especially the art of poetry had a gentlemanly standing in the world, it would receive resounding applause, for its approach is rational, humanistic, sensitive, and its evaluation keen and provocative. In this age of the atomic bomb, one wonders whether even the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry will receive more than scant attention from the general public. Among literary people and especially those interested in poetry it will be read with interest and delight. Preserving as he does, his deeply educated and marvelously humanistic touch, Shapiro presents the weakness and strength of modern poetry and poets, with wit, penetration and a most engaging modesty and sense of proportion.