But Grigson was always even-handed enough to recognise seeds of good even in artists he might otherwise despise, and often New Verse would include poems by writers who had been savagely mauled in previous issues, or were in line for a savage mauling in the future.


He paved the way for Dylan Thomas' success, but quickly grew cynical both of his behaviour and poetry, and suspicious of the lemming-like adulation which attracted to him, rightly fearing they would inflate his worst characteristics at the expense of the gem of good. In an essay entitled 'How Much Me Now Your Acrobatics Amaze' (in 'The Harp of Aeolus', 1947) he quotes the following Thomas poem:

How soon the servant sun
(Sir morrow mark)
Can time unriddle, and the cupboard store
(Fog has a bone
He'll trumpet into meat)
Unshelve that all my gristles have a gown
And the naked egg stand strange

He then gives time for 'the idolator to admire it, and to meditate upon it', before revealing that he constructed it himself, from disconnected Thomas lines.