chapter  133
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John Fuller, Review, 'new Review', October 1974

I doubt whether compensatory verse is ever very good poetry; and if it is true, as I cannot help suspecting, that in too many of Auden's later volumes he was clinging to a part rather than expressing the truth of his distress, then this may well account for the dismay so many of the oldest admirers of this marvellous poet have felt at the note of unreality which had crept into too much of his later verse.