Summer 1955 • Vol. XVII No. 3 Book Reviews |

Proud of His Scientific Attitude

Poems 1923-1954 by E. E. Cummings. Harcourt. $6.75. The publication of Four Quartets and the death of Yeats and Joyce around the start of the second World War now seem to have climaxed a dominant mythopoesis. By 1940 the Marxian idealism of the Auden group and of the American sociological poets also came to an end, with no new mythopoesis in view. In the last fifteen years there has been a summing up of careers, and we are getting the collected and selected works of poets who matured in the dry white light of the Big Three. Evidently the major poetry is one that struggles more or less openly with questions of belief, and this struggle has produced the characteristic inflections in method and idiom of the best surviving poets, now between sixty and eighty years old. It is largely a poetry of pun and paradox, irony and symbol, common and uncommon speech—more particularly, a poetry of burlesque speech. And their individually varied and hard-earned idioms, distilled by the you

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Corrales 1948

By Edwin Honig

Poems 1923-1954 by E. E. Cummings. Harcourt. $6.75. The publication of Four Quartets and the death of Yeats and Joyce around the start of the second World War now seem […]

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