Books: Poetect

POEMS — Louis MacNeice — Random House ($2.50).

That buildings should look like what they are meant to be is an architectural first principle whose modernistic practice is currently labeled "functionalism." The same label can be applied to the literary practice of certain contemporary poets whose poems, like "functionalist" buildings, are constructed with a marked weather eye on the modern living conditions they are meant to reflect or relieve. As distinct from the Symbolist, Surrealist, Imagist or Metaphysical poets, who seem to borrow from Music, Psychology, Painting and Mathematical Physics their respective poetic...

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