Books: Epicurean's Bad Time

HOLES IN THE SKY (61 pp.)—Louis MacNeice—Random House ($2.50).

When Irish-born and English-schooled Louis MacNeice first started writing verse in the late 1920s, he joined up with the bad boys, led by W. H. Auden and Stephen Spender, who had set out to purge the English soul of bourgeois stodginess and English poetry of romantic fripperies. The English soul remained pretty much undented, but poetry did get a badly needed injection of vitality and wit from Auden & Co. MacNeice did his part by writing broad barrel-organ lyrics:

It's no go my honey love, it's...

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