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POEMS WORTHY or CONSIDERATION. — Songe and Signs. By Oliver Davis. (Basil

Blackwell. 2s. 6d.)—If these were first poems they would be more remarkable, but they are unfor- tunately not. They are written in two distinct styles—one original, one commonplace. " I took a dream to market " achieves a pleasing melody in spite of a tiresome repetitionary rhyme ; and in " Staffordshire," " On the Embankment," Confessional," and " Bachanal " the author achieves a genuine simplicity. It is to be hoped that in his next volume he will write only in this style.—The Picture and Other Poems. By L. C. Bromley. (Elkin Mathews. 5s.)—These poems are slightly uninteresting in subject, but metrically efficient. The most attractive, " Winter Days," is competent. —Luca della Robbia. By J. M. Blake. (Blackwell. 6s.)—In some verses " To the Setting Sun, Fiesole, November," the author begins :— " How well thou showeet us the courteous way

To die."

And one is reminded of Herrick or George Herbert, but the other poems are not up to the same level. • Foam: 1914-1919. By Maurice Baring. London: Martin Becker. [Os. net 1