Books: Gentle Poet

NEAR AND FAR—Edmund Blunden— Harper ($2).

The world is full of a number of things, but good poetry is not one of them. In this book of 33 poems, Edmund Blunden illustrates the further fact that good poetry is not necessarily great. Poet Blunden pipes in a minor key, but he pipes well and truly.

Blunden is often classed as of the genus pastoral: his descriptions of English countryside have been likened to Wordsworth. He is a meticulous observer of the outdoors, and couches his observations in many a good old country term. In...

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