Books: Life on the Right Bank

Two WORLDS FOR MEMORY (348 pp.)—Alfred Noyes—Lippincotf ($5).

Alfred Noyes is to English poetry much what the Royal Academy is to English painting. In his 72 years, Noyes has watched the breaking of storm upon storm of "experimental" poetry, but each tempest has only strengthened his conviction that the poet's best anchorage is somewhere between Swinburne and Kipling. Thus, in an age when poetry has become increasingly hard to understand, Noyes's lyrics have remained, for better or worse, untouched by intellectual complexity.

Noyes's autobiography shows that his life has traveled on the same orthodox...

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