Books: Poets & People

POEMS OF PEOPLE—Edgar Lee Masters —Appleton-Century ($2.50).

THE PEOPLE, YES—Carl Sandburg— Harcourt, Brace ($2.50).

Twenty years ago two gifted free-verse _ poets who became prominent at about the same time were widely hailed as among the most original spirits in the emerging group of Midwestern writers. Two more dissimilar talents have seldom been found in the same school. Edgar Lee Masters was a gruff, hardbitten, Kansas-born lawyer whose poems were bitter epitaphs on the wasted lives of a small town. Carl Sandburg, cheerful, intuitive, sentimental, had worked as a porter in a barber...

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