J. C. Squire (1884-1958) is now known (if at all) as a traditionalist who was opposed to the project of literary "modernism." Whether that reputation is blameworthy or praiseworthy depends upon what one thinks of "modernism" and its spawn. But, like most generalizations, the "truth" about Squire is not as straightforward as it seems.
Thus, it should be noted that, as the editor of The London Mercury, he published the poetry of Ivor Gurney in the 1920s, when most other editors had become exasperated with Gurney's eccentricity. Time has shown that Gurney was as modern as they came in the 1920s. What's more, the fact that Squire got under T. S. Eliot's skin is, in my view, a good thing.
He also wrote poetry, nearly all of which has disappeared from view. However, every so often he came up with something memorable. We should always bear in mind that it is the poem, not the poet, that matters.
The heavy train through the dim country went rolling, rolling,
Interminably passing misty snow-covered plough-land ridges
That merged in the snowy sky; came turning meadows, fences,
Came gullies and passed, and ice-coloured streams under frozen bridges.
Across the travelling landscape evenly drooped and lifted
The telegraph wires, thick ropes of snow in the windless air;
They drooped and paused and lifted again to unseen summits,
Drawing the eyes and soothing them, often, to a drowsy stare.
Singly in the snow the ghosts of trees were softly pencilled,
Fainter and fainter, in distance fading, into nothingness gliding,
But sometimes a crowd of the intricate silver trees of fairyland
Passed, close and intensely clear, the phantom world hiding.
O untroubled these moving mantled miles of shadowless shadows,
And lovely the film of falling flakes, so wayward and slack;
But I thought of many a mother-bird screening her nestlings,
Sitting silent with wide bright eyes, snow on her back.
J. C. Squire, Poems, Second Series (1922).