Fall 1968 • Vol. XXX No. 5 Book Reviews |

Leaders and Others: Some New British Poetry

689 Robin Skelton LEADERS AND OTHERS: SOME NEW BRITISH POETRY TOUCH by Thom Gunn. Uni- versity of Chicago Press, $3.95. WODWO by Ted Hughes. Har- per and Row, $4.95. THE STORMS by Peter Dale. Dufour Editions, $3.75. THE LION S MOUTH by Alan Brownjohn. Dufour Edi- tions, $3.75. POINTS IN A JOURNEY by Keith Harrison. Dufour Editions, $3.75. IN RETREAT by Philip Hobs- baum. Dufour Editions, $3.75. JETS FROM ORANCE by Zulfikar Ghose. Dufour Editions, $3.75. JUST LIKE THE RESURRECTION by Patricia Beer. Dufour Editions, $3.75. The tone of Thom Gunn's latest collection is level, dis- ciplined, and questioning. The celebrated toughness and irony of his early work has been replaced by taut and sometimes querulous melan- choly. The speakers are all observers trapped by self- regard into commenting upon the passing show as if, some- how, it might provide a mes- sage to illuminate their shad- owed uncertainties. Thus in "Confessions of the Life Art- ist" we read: I elevate not what I have, but

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The Rake

By Robin Skelton

689 Robin Skelton LEADERS AND OTHERS: SOME NEW BRITISH POETRY TOUCH by Thom Gunn. Uni- versity of Chicago Press, $3.95. WODWO by Ted Hughes. Har- per and Row, $4.95. THE […]

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