Books: Poetry, Dec. 17, 1945

In the year of victory and threatening peace, the poets were not up to much. The biggest news was made by two soldier-poets, Frenchman Louis Aragon, and Ser geant Karl Shapiro.

Aragon: Poet of the French Resistance (Duell, Sloan & Pearce, $2), edited by Hannah Josephson and Malcolm Cowley, offered a translated selection from among four of the six volumes of verse which this facile versifier wrote in France during and after the German occupation. Aragon was celebrated in this volume as the laureate of the Maquis. In English these poems, intensely patriotic, often loose and ballad-like, richly embellished with surrealist imagery,...

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