Books: Arma Virumque

RIDERS OF THE SKY—Leighton Brewer—Houghton Mifflin ($2.50).

THE WESTWARD STAR—Frank Ernest Hill—Day ($2.50).

MAN WITH A BULL-TONGUE PLOW— Jesse Stuart—Dutton ($3).

Even as late as the 19th Century, serious poets believed in writing long epic poems. With some notable exceptions, modern poets generally have given themselves to voicing their own insulted and injured state. Thomas Stearns Eliot's epic of introspection, The Waste Land, has for years been considered the representative poem of the modern age. The Grand National for winged steeds...

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