chapter  18
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Graham Greene, Review, 'oxford Magazine', November 1932

It might be possible to improve upon this very inadequate exegesis by quotation. But 'The Orators', though, in my opinion, it lacks organic unity, is yet so closely interwoven that no short passage can be isolated with advantage. It is a book which must be read patiently and with care; and it is worth reading more than once, for I have no doubt that it is the most valuable contribution to English poetry since 'The Waste Land'. The last ten years have been singularly unfruitful; the next ten years will show whether the promise, contained in 'The Orators' and in Mr. Auden's first volume of poems, published eighteen months ago, is fulfilled, as I believe it will be.