Books: If Autumn Ended . . .

ACTFIVE AND OTHER POEMS (63 pp.)

Archibald MacLeish—Random House ($2.50).

Act five, the title poem of this book, is mainly a befuddled piece of pseudo-Stoic claptrap, to be read in sorrow by all who admire the author. Its burden is that God and King are gone, even Man is a little shopworn, but the "human perishable heart" remains as the hero of the future, since there is

Some resolution to be dutiful and good Owed by the lost child to the dreadful wood . . .

This treasure of a message, pried up after many heaves...

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