chapter  5
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Louis Macneice, Review, 'oxford Outlook', March 1931

God (or Nature) has a diffuse style which poets have often been busied correcting. Especially modern poets. Mr. Auden's attempt is to put the soul across in telegrams. But whereas in the everyday telegram the words tend to be, like Morse, mere counters, in the poem-telegram the words stand rather on their own than for a meaning behind them. Many would consider much in these poems to be irrelevant, arbitrary, indifferent.