An interesting compilation, the first to present a well-rounded view of today's poetic trend. The editor, a contributor and defender of the contemporary social-symbolic school, inclines toward selection of material for its social implications rather than its poetic aspects. From this angle it is a satisfactory collection. Part one deals with forerunners of the moderns, Hardy, De La Mare, Masefield, etc. Part two traces the evolution in the direction of a poetry imbued with ideals of the rights of the people, and includes such poets as Frost, Sandburg, Markham, Robinson, Masters and some Negro spirituals. Part three shows the beginning of symbolism, as inaugurated by Pound, MacLeish, Eliot, Crane, etc. Part four shows the merging of social conflict with the technique of the symbolists to form a vigorous new school, and in this last group are MacNeice, C. Day Lewis, Spender, Auden, Rukeyser, etc. There are a few inclusions in lighter vein, Dorothy Parker, Ogden Nash, Guiterman -- but they are few and far between. -- The critical commentary and historical background are in the editorial introductions; biographical notes at the end.