As civilian war poetry (written under the shattering impact of World War II). Trilogy's three long poems rank with T.S. Eliot's "e;Four Quartets"e; and Ezra Pound's "e;Pisan Cantos."e; The first book of the Trilogy, "e;The Walls Do Not Fall,"e; published in the midst of the "e;fifty thousand incidents"e; of the London blitz, maintains the hope that though "e;we have no map; / possibly we will reach haven,/ heaven."e; "e;Tribute to Angels"e; describes new life springing from the ruins, and finally, in "e;The Flowering of the Rod"e;—with its epigram "e;...pause to give/ thanks that we rise again from death and live."e;—faith in love and resurrection is realized in lyric and strongly Biblical imagery.
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The Walls Do Not Fall; Tribute to the Angels; the Flowering of the Rod
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