Summer 1953 • Vol. XV No. 3 Book Reviews |

Four British Poets

Europa And The Bull by W. S. Rodgers. London, Secker and Warburg. I0/6. (In America, Farrar, Straus, and Young. $3.00.) The Year One by Kathleen Raine. Hamish Hamilton, London. 7/6. Collected Poems by Edwin Muir. London, Faber and Faber. 15s. (In America, Grove. $3.50.) The Burnt Offering by Louis MacNeice. London, Faber and Faber. 10/6. (In America, Oxford. $2.50.) Mr. Rodgers is an Irishman from Belfast who studied for the clergy and was a Presbyterian minister for twelve years. Since 1946 he has been a script-writer and producer of verse-programs for the BBC; both these activities have direct bearing on his poetry. Europa and the Bull is his second book of poems, published eleven years after his first book, Awake and Other Poems; and at its advent in England Mr. Rodgers was in some quarters hailed as a great poet, "at the head of his contemporaries" etc. There is indeed in these poems a remarkable texture of image and diction, a prodigal facility of language, a lively

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W. S. Merwin was appointed United States Poet Laureate by the Librarian of Congress in July 2010. He lives, writes, and gardens in Hawaii, on the island of Maui. He has spent the last thirty years planting nineteen acres with over eight hundred species of palm, creating a sustainable forest. The property has recently been turned into a conservancy, the Merwin Conservancy.

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Europa And The Bull by W. S. Rodgers. London, Secker and Warburg. I0/6. (In America, Farrar, Straus, and Young. $3.00.) The Year One by Kathleen Raine. Hamish Hamilton, London. 7/6. […]

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