Books: Can All Come Green Again?

CHANGE OF WEATHER by Winfield Townley Scott. 64 pages. Doub/eday. $2.95.

Old Transcendentalists never die. Ignoring the Bomb, the Beats, the Beatles, and other forces of change and disintegration, a small group of American poets continues to write mild, mellow verse in the Concord manner of Emerson and Thoreau. Their themes are hill and dale, solitude and sadness; their tone is elegiac; and the best of them is Winfield Townley Scott.

Scott's poetry has neither the topical fire of a Robert Lowell nor the flinty edge of fellow New Englander Robert Frost. Neither profound nor powerful, the poet at age 54 writes what...

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