"Allen Tate is the supreme classicist, the most convincingly grandiloquent orator, of his generation. The rhetoric of his monologues, analyzing the sublime decadence of the moral and political scene, is gloomy, scornful and yet icily aloof. The more philosophical poems tease the reader with ironies of existence and morality. Everywhere is an easy 17th-century formality, sureness with myth, and habit of cadence and judgment…. It is simply important to have Tate again in print, accessible to a couple of generations of readers who probably hardly know him."
-John Fuller, on the hardcover publication of Collected Poems 1919-1976 in 1977