Radio: Air Raid

When Archibald MacLeish wrote his dramatic poem for radio, The Fall of the City, last year, he discovered several notable means and ends. For one thing he showed that the most persuasive of classic dramatis personae, the narrator or chorus, was none other than the most accepted public spokesman in 20th-century life, the radio announcer. The announcer could describe events in a way that would make them immediately believed.

To those who considered verse too archaic a form to be nozzled through an audio tube, Pulitzer-Prize Poet MacLeish pointed out that since...

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