Books: Poetry, Jun. 9, 1941

POEMS 1925-1940—Louis MacNeice —Random House ($2.50).

About a year and a half ago Ulsterman Louis MacNeice, who has written an Irish lion's share of grade-A contemporary English verse, came to the U.S. to earn a quiet living and see what he could see.

For the most part MacNeice looked at the U.S. from behind literary curtains. He knocked heads with American intelligentsia, taught English literature at Cornell. Last November he returned to England, was found unfit for military service; he is now engaged in war work for BBC.

In the '20s a group of Oxford...