This is the fourth collection of poems by a Professor of English at Wesleyan University whose last collection, Things of this World, won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer prize in 1957. As in the latter collection, Mr. Wilbur stimulates our with his remarkably brilliant syntactical skill (his choice of words with an of syntax is characteristic). His title poem ""Advice to a Prophet"" cuts the self-deceptions of modern man and reawakens the time-honored poetic of Amos and . ""October Maples, Butland"" dazzles us with the last brilliant of autumn, while the brief narrative ""A Summer Morning"" conveys its powerful means of the simplest, homely images. Sometimes couched in a deceptive levity, is no doubting the poet's seriousness. With freshness and originality Mr. Wilbur, in latest collection, moves to the most control questions- of death, old age, and the renewal of life. There is no question as to Richard Wilbur's importance in the of contemporary American poetry.