Books: Poetry, Dec. 8, 1941

Some of the best of 1941's good verse anthologies:

¶ The Viking Book of Poetry (Viking; $3.50), compiled by Richard Aldington, is, by & large, the best compendious poetry anthology in the English language. Less elegant than Palgrave's Golden Treasury, less aristocratic than Quiller-Couch's Oxford Book of English Verse, it is bigger around the waist than they are, represents in its format and arrangement a superb job of publishing. Anthologist Aldington, in making his selections from the entire body of English and American poetry, tries less to hit a poetical bull's-eye than a poetical barn door. His misses are few. All...

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