Books: Old Master

MATTHIAS AT THE DOOR—Edwin Arlington Robinson—Macmillan ($1.75).

When a poet has become a veteran you know what to expect of him. Caustic critics will say he is getting old, has begun to imitate himself. Doting devotees exclaim simply: "Master!" Run-of-the-mill readers will merely note that he has been doing it for years, knows how to do it. Whether you are a critic, a devotee or just a reader of Edwin Arlington Robinson you should be able to find some solid comfort for your attitude in Matthias at the Door.

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