A Map of Verona (Front)
A Map of Verona: Poems, by Henry Reed. London: Jonathan Cape, 1946. 3s. 6d. net.
A MAP OF VERONA
Most of the poems in this book were written during the war; only a few of them, however, are directly concerned with it. Half of the book consists of a group of short poems, some of which are comic. The rest is made up of a set of poems called 'The Desert', and written round images of adventure; another set suggested by the ruins of Tintagel; and two dramatic monologues spoken by characters out of Sophocles. It is presumed that the experiences dealt with through these images and persons are among the commonest known to men and women.