Collected Poems

Collected Poems

W.H. Auden Edward Mendelson / Sep 21, 2019

Collected Poems To commemorate the centennial of W H Auden s birth the Modern Library offers this elegant edition of the collected poems of one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century This volume includes all

  • Title: Collected Poems
  • Author: W.H. Auden Edward Mendelson
  • ISBN: 9780679643500
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Hardcover
  • To commemorate the centennial of W H Auden s birth, the Modern Library offers this elegant edition of the collected poems of one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century This volume includes all the poems that Auden wished to preserve, in a text that includes his final revisions, with corrections based on the latest research Auden divided his poems into sectionsTo commemorate the centennial of W H Auden s birth, the Modern Library offers this elegant edition of the collected poems of one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century This volume includes all the poems that Auden wished to preserve, in a text that includes his final revisions, with corrections based on the latest research Auden divided his poems into sections that corresponded to what he referred to as chapters in his life, each one beginning with a change in his inner life or external circumstances the moment in 1933 when he first knew exactly what it means to love one s neighbor as oneself his move from Britain to America in 1939 his first summer in Italy in 1948 his move to a summerhouse in Austria in 1958 and his return to England in 1972 Auden s work has perhaps the widest range and the greatest depth of any English poet of the past three centuries From the anxious warnings of his early verse through the expansive historical perspectives of his middle years to the celebrations and thanksgiving in his later work, Auden wrote in a voice that addressed readers personally rather than as part of a collective audience His styles and forms extend from ballads and songs to haiku and limericks to sonnets, sestinas, prose poems, and dozens of other constructions of his own invention His tone ranges from spirited comedy to memorable profundity often within the same work His poems manage to be secular and sacred, philosophical and erotic, personal and universal All the poems I have written were written for love, Auden once said This book includes his famous early poems about transient love Lay your sleeping head, my love, Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone and his later poems about enduring love In Sickness and in Health, First Things First The book also includes Auden s longer, thematically varied poems, from the expressionist charade Paid on Both Sides to the formal couplets of New Year Letter the darkly comic sequel to The Tempest, The Sea and the Mirror and a baroque eclogue set in a wartime bar, The Age of Anxiety This new edition includes a critical appreciation of Auden by Edward Mendelson, the editor of the present volume and Auden s literary executor W H Auden had the greatest gifts of any of our poets in the twentieth century, the greatest lap full of seed James Fenton, The New York Review of Books At the beginning of the new century, Auden is an indispensable poet Even people who don t read poems often turn to poetry at moments when it matters, and Auden matters now Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

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        Wystan Hugh Auden was an Anglo American poet, best known for love poems such as Funeral Blues, poems on political and social themes such as September 1, 1939 and The Shield of Achilles, poems on cultural and psychological themes such as The Age of Anxiety, and poems on religious themes such as For the Time Being and Horae Canonicae He was born in York, grew up in and near Birmingham in a professional middle class family He attended English independent or public schools and studied English at Christ Church, Oxford After a few months in Berlin in 1928 29 he spent five years 1930 35 teaching in English public schools, then travelled to Iceland and China in order to write books about his journeys In 1939 he moved to the United States and became an American citizen in 1946 He taught from 1941 through 1945 in American universities, followed by occasional visiting professorships in the 1950s From 1947 through 1957 he wintered in New York and summered in Ischia from 1958 until the end of his life he wintered in New York in Oxford in 1972 73 and summered in Kirchstetten, Austria.Auden s poetry was noted for its stylistic and technical achievement, its engagement with politics, morals, love, and religion, and its variety in tone, form and content He came to wide public attention at the age of twenty three, in 1930, with his first book, Poems, followed in 1932 by The Orators Three plays written in collaboration with Christopher Isherwood in 1935 38 built his reputation as a left wing political writer Auden moved to the United States partly to escape this reputation, and his work in the 1940s, including the long poems For the Time Being and The Sea and the Mirror, focused on religious themes He won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his 1947 long poem The Age of Anxiety, the title of which became a popular phrase describing the modern era In 1956 61 he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford his lectures were popular with students and faculty and served as the basis of his 1962 prose collection The Dyer s Hand.From around 1927 to 1939 Auden and Isherwood maintained a lasting but intermittent sexual friendship while both had briefer but intense relations with other men In 1939 Auden fell in love with Chester Kallman and regarded their relation as a marriage this ended in 1941 when Kallman refused to accept the faithful relation that Auden demanded, but the two maintained their friendship, and from 1947 until Auden s death they lived in the same house or apartment in a non sexual relation, often collaborating on opera libretti such as The Rake s Progress, for music by Igor Stravinsky.Auden was a prolific writer of prose essays and reviews on literary, political, psychological and religious subjects, and he worked at various times on documentary films, poetic plays, and other forms of performance Throughout his career he was both controversial and influential, and critical views on his work ranged from sharply dismissive, treating him as a lesser follower of W.B Yeats and T.S Eliot, to strongly affirmative, as in Joseph Brodsky s claim that he had the greatest mind of the twentieth century After his death, some of his poems, notably Funeral Blues, Mus e des Beaux Arts, Refugee Blues, The Unknown Citizen, and September 1, 1939, became known to a much wider public than during his lifetime through films, broadcasts, and popular media.


    1. The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.For nothing now can ever come to any good. . . W.H. Auden, "Twelve Songs," Song IX (1936)Rather than pen a review of a "collection" of such sublimity in Auden's oeuvre, this is simply in homage.Unless you're studying a poet, it's doubtful you read a book of poems beginning at page 1 and ending at, here, page 897. To me, a collection of poetry such as this, created by s [...]

    2. People are always surprised to hear this is Auden's, but it is:As the poets have mournfully sung,Death takes the innocent young, The rolling-in-money, The screamingly-funny,And those who are very well hung.

    3. There is never a volume of Auden far from me. No matter who you are or what your background, he is a poet you can love.As I walked out one evening,Walking down Bristol Street,The crowds upon the pavementWere fields of harvest wheat.And down by the brimming riverI heard a lover singUnder an arch of the railway:"Love has no ending."I'll love you, dear, I'll love youTill China and Africa meet,And the river jumps over the mountainAnd the salmon sing in the street,"I'll love you till the oceanIs fold [...]

    4. 673 pages of Auden’s poetry, from 1927, when he was 20, to 1972, the year before his death. I’m not going to pretend to have anything original to say about Auden and there are single poems of his about which a full review could be written. So this is just going to be some impressions.First, this was a slog. I can certainly stand impressed with his intelligence (clearly a genius) and his skill with craft but I won’t be calling him a favorite. Though he is to be lauded as a serious poet who [...]

    5. I first became aware of Auden in my early teens after hearing a reading of Funeral Blues in the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral. That poem enchanted me and I have been an Auden fan since! This collection of poems may seem a bit daunting because of the size; good for picking up and reading a few at a time or getting lost in Auden's spell-binding language for hours at a time.

    6. Lullaby Lay your sleeping head, my love, Human on my faithless arm; Time and fevers burn away Individual beauty from Thoughtful children, and the grave Proves the child ephemeral: But in my arms till break of day Let the living creature lie, Mortal, guilty, but to me The entirely beautiful. Soul and body have no bounds: To lovers as they lie upon Her tolerant enchanted slope In their ordinary swoon, Grave the vision Venus sends Of supernatural sympathy, Universal love and hope; While an abstract [...]

    7. For a month or more now I've been dipping into a 900 page collection of poems by W.H.Auden, edited by Edward Mendelson. Since there's no way to "review" such a massive book, I'll divide this comment into two parts: I. Why You Should Read Auden and 2) Why You Should Not Read Auden.I. Why You Should Read Auden:--Auden was a master of virtually all poetic forms employed in English.--Auden's range extended from the melancholy to the cheeky.--Auden made poetry out of everyday life and friendships.--A [...]

    8. Having read an autobigraphy, interspersed with poetry, of Auden by Charles Osborne, I think I have a better understanding, holistically, of the man and his writing. Auden used his wayward intellect to create a flippant, yet cleverly contrived personal style, with witticisms of the cartoonish kind, and bon mots, to be applauded like a theatrical event, similar to his many collaborations with Stravinsky and Benjamin Britten. He was sometimes outrageously gay, and belonged to an Oxford group which [...]

    9. Auden tends to either hit the mark with great skill, or be totally off base.It's nice to have the whole collection of poems, but there are a lot of totally forgettable ones in here.However, some of his work is so starkly and utterly beautiful, this is a collection I'll always want to have with me."Lullaby" alone makes this a treasured book.

    10. There are many poems in here I have yet to mine, but this collection has kept me company on many cold nights when all I want to do is curl up with some words, some wine, and my own thoughts. Tough to beat.

    11. I dipped back into the old Auden collection this week. Wow, still blown away. He's our bridge from the Romantic to the Modern. Formally flawless in so many poems, always stimulating intellectually, even when he misses the mark. I favour the earlier poems, but find beauty throughout.

    12. Sometimes clear as a bell. Sometimes I'm lost. But lots of it really sends my mind off in new directions. Wonderful! It's worth it to read his Christmas poem/play "for the time being."

    13. I thought I liked Auden; apparently I only like the few poems editors always anthologize. His later poems are better though.

    14. How I have a degree in Literature and barely read Auden til this past Winter is beyond me. Amazing, amazing, amazing.

    15. I've never really gotten the Auden thing. He's good, but a lot of guys are good. It seems like he gets more air time, as it were, than most comparable talents. Reading this mammoth book kind of confirmed my opinion, while at the same time jarring it once in a while: every time I was tempted to skip ahead--and this was often--I would hit a line or a whole segment of a poem that gave me shivers. You kind of get tired of the tone of the early poems, and the more relaxed later ones don't have the sa [...]

    16. "Our tables and chairs and sofasKnow things about usOur lovers can't." "In moments of joyall of us wished we possesseda tail we could wag."

    17. Well, in all honesty, I didn’t actually read the complete poems. However, I got well over half-way through this one before deciding I needed to take a really long break from Auden – as in, I’m done with this book. Auden’s writing includes many really strong pieces and I expect that several verses from here will stick with me for the rest of my life. However, my ultimate conclusion was that the man would be regarded far more highly today if he had burned up about half of what he wrote bef [...]

    18. Auden famously stated that "poetry makes nothing happen", which could be read or humility or a defense of art for art's sake. The latter makes more sense, as Auden was clearly hoping for a place in the lineage of his poetic antecedents, and a permanent home in the canon. And while he wrote big, important poems, his most direct influences were from those slightly older poets - Eliot and Yeats - who were concerned with creating a connection between personal faith and the decline of Western civiliz [...]

    19. Hmmm. I checked this book out because I'd read a couple of Auden's more anthologized poems, "The Unknown Citizen" and "The More Loving One," and enjoyed them very much. Well, it turns out they're not typical. Auden reminds me of Eliot in some ways -- fond of allusion and over-figurative language that confuses rather than illuminating, or at least says "this poem is not for you." Even at his worst, however, Eliot is pithy. "The Waste Land" is incomprehensible, but you can extract a few dozen abso [...]

    20. This is not a deluxe edition of the poems though at nearly 1000 pages one that gave each poem its unique page would create a wrist sprainer or require two volumes. Nevertheless there are times when the poems feel crammed. Any time one starts reading a new poet understanding his/her handling of the language, their allusions and metaphors is a challenge. Any writer is a child of their own era. Auden is a master of poetic language, his lines read so naturally one can forget they are actually rhymin [...]

    21. This is a huge book of poetry(around 1000 pages) and all I read was "For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio." It is a long poem, a word-meditation on the incarnation of Christ the Lord. Auden does a masterful job of contextualizing it for us, dressing Joseph and Mary, even Caesar and Simeon, in our cultural clothing, and in doing so, helps us place ourselves into the Gospel story. There are times where I felt a bit removed from Auden's cultural setting (heavy modernism), but overall, there are [...]

    22. Great. What can I say ? Nothing, except that this is greatest English language poet of the 20th century.Don't forget to also get W H Auden 'Selected Poems', for that contains many poems not included here, b/c Auden removed them from his own canon.

    23. my first foray into auden- "dichtung und wahrheit (an unwritten poem)" is possibly the most romantic thing i have ever read, because it does not pretend at perfection. there is a lot left for me to read in here, and am enjoying how long i will be able to take my time with him and possibly never be done.

    24. This book has a lot of pages but they are not a necessary reading, I'm still breathing at least. I suppose I shall never finish reading it. I've been leafing the pages. Preparing to see the new Bennett play, if I can get day tickets.

    25. As with every time I pick up Auden, I'm quickly turned off. Its understood that he's quite smart. But enough of his poems seem full of crap to not make me interested in him as a poet. Too sentimental, too frightened, too much fat.

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