The Times Literary Supplement
M. L. Rosenthal's services to modern poetry are important and well known. But his new book, Beyond Power, does not match in distinction his work as a scholar or anthologist. The poems are adventurous and in good taste; they convey the impression of a charming, tolerant man, blessed with humour and wisdom. But they do not possess the strength of language, the coherence of vision, or the marks of individual character that one demands from writers who stir up more than a murmur of polite appreciation.
"Falling Water and Fading Flames," in The Times Literary Supplement (© Times Newspapers Ltd. (London) 1970; reproduced from The Times Literary Supplement by permission), No. 3589, December 11, 1970, p. 1436.∗