It is in “September 1st, 1939” that we first glimpse the setting for what would become “The Age of Anxiety”:
Faces along the bar
Cling to their average day:
The lights must never go out,
The music must always play . . .
Lest we should see where we are,
Lost in a haunted wood,
Children afraid of the night
Who have never been happy or good.
At the outset of “The Age of Anxiety”