THE NEW TREASURY OF WAR POETRY by

THE NEW TREASURY OF WAR POETRY

By
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

I wonder if it is time yet for a new treasury of war poetry? Poems of this war, in all its phases, seem selected for subject matter rather than substance and permanent value. A great many known poets are represented, -- Leonard Bacon, Frost, Jan Struther, Sandburg, Benet, Masefield, Spender, MacLeish, Mark Van Doren, etc. But an equal number of unfamiliar names, some of them men in the service, some lesser American and British poets. The poems are topically arranged, the first groups deal with the United Nations; then they go on to specific events, Dunkirk and Coventry and June 1940 in England, then to figures of this war, from Collin Kelly to General Smuts; to battle at sea and in the air; to the dead and refugees and woman. And lastly, to peace Contemporary value, in a market demanding poetry.

Pub Date: Nov. 9th, 1943
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin