-- by Francis Steegmuller

This carefully contrived book is likely to please best only those readers who know least about Apollinaire, but who are delighted to dip into a nicely, often spicily, written story about a fin de siècle Villon who smoked opium, palled around with Picasso, Matisse and Braque and (in 1911) got arrested for stealing the Mona Lisa.

Time, November 29, 1963.



-- by Richard S. Kennedy

This is the first full-scale scholarly biography of e.e.cummings. Partly because of cummings's character, reading it is a bit like wrestling in a boxcar full of feathers. The cargo is ticklish, and there is precious little weight for the volume. 

Time, March 17, 1980.



-- by W.H. Auden

The poet, like many another brilliant soul, has concluded that we are in God's hand or nowhere. 

Time, November 26, 1973.



-- by Aileen Ward

Aileen Ward, who teaches at Sarah Lawrence, is briefer than Biographer Bate, less searching, more wrapped up in the psychology of such things as Keats's ambivalent feeling toward women.

Time, October 25, 1963.



--  by Walter Jackson Bate

Bate sometimes detours through academic bogs, especially when he is taking the reader by the hand through every well-known poem Keats ever wrote.

Time, October 25, 1963.


MILTON'S PARADISE LOST: A Screen Play for the Cinema of the Mind

-- by John Collier

Collier has spent his 40-year literary career variously in England, the French Riviera and Hollywood. He has long believed that the cinema has not taken full advantage of its potential for fantasy, and he has thought about Paradise Lost as a film for years. "Milton was one of the greatest science-fiction and space-travel writers," he explains. "Satan flies through the whole universe, after all." 

Time, June 25, 1973.


Pocketa Pocketa School, The

With other machines also turning to the muse, there is the chance of a whole new school of poetry growing up.

Time, May 25, 1962


Poet of the Heart

e.e. cummings -- Obituary

The epitaph that cummings probably would have liked best had nothing to do with the critical ranking of poets. It was spoken by Fellow Poet Archibald MacLeish: "There are very few people who deserve the word poet. cummings was one of them."

Time, September 14, 1962.



In the opening address at the National Poetry Festival in Washington (the first in U.S. history), Randall Jarrell surveyed American poetry and the poets of this century and delivered himself of some tart judgments.  Time, November 9, 1962.



-- by John Crowe Ransom

As the author of a few slender books of poetry, he has drawn the highest praise from the knottiest intellectuals of his time. 

Time, April 3, 1964.



-- by W.H. Auden

If there are no secrets in this volume, there are no surprises either. How could there be? These are the handful of poems that Auden wrote between the time he went back to England after 31 years in the New World and the time of his death in 1973. 

Time, February 3, 1975.


The Sage of Anxiety

W.H. Auden -- Obituary

In 1966, long before his death, Auden's best epitaph was written by British Critic Cyril Connolly: "Auden was for many of us the last poet we learnt by heart."

Time, October 8, 1973.