Auden: Poems

Auden: Poems

W.H. Auden Edward Mendelson / Jun 26, 2019

Auden Poems The Everyman s Library Pocket Poets hardcover series is popular for its compact size and reasonable price which does not compromise content Poems Auden is just another reminder of his exhilarating lyr

  • Title: Auden: Poems
  • Author: W.H. Auden Edward Mendelson
  • ISBN: 9780679443674
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Everyman s Library Pocket Poets hardcover series is popular for its compact size and reasonable price which does not compromise content Poems Auden is just another reminder of his exhilarating lyric power and his understanding of love and longing in all their sacred and profane guises One of English poetry s great 20th century masters, Poems Auden is the short collThe Everyman s Library Pocket Poets hardcover series is popular for its compact size and reasonable price which does not compromise content Poems Auden is just another reminder of his exhilarating lyric power and his understanding of love and longing in all their sacred and profane guises One of English poetry s great 20th century masters, Poems Auden is the short collection of an exemplary champion of human wisdom in its encounter with the mysteries of experience.

    Poems by W H Auden Because of copyright restrictions, no texts of Auden s poems are posted on this site Links are provided below to poems posted on other sites with the permission of Auden s estate. Classic W H Auden Poems Everyone Should Read W H Auden wrote a great deal of poetry, with many of the best Auden poems being written in the s In this post, we ve taken on the difficult task of finding the ten greatest Auden poems difficult because, although certain poems naturally rise to the surface and proclaim W H Auden W H Auden Poetry Foundation English poet, playwright, critic, and librettist Wystan Hugh Auden exerted a major influence on the poetry of the th century Auden grew up in Birmingham, England W H Auden Poet Academy of American Poets read this poet s poems Wystan Hugh Auden was born in York, England, on February , He moved to Birmingham during childhood and was educated at Christ Church, Oxford. Wystan Hugh Auden Poems Poem Hunter Quotes Poetry Browse through Wystan Hugh Auden s poems and quotes poems of Wystan Hugh Auden Still I Rise, The Road Not Taken, If You Forget Me, Dreams, Annabel Lee Born in York, England, in , he moved to Birmingham with his family during his childhood and was. Wystan Hugh Auden Poems PoemHunter.Com Who has not heard the name of Auden Auden is definitely one of the stalwarts of the post fifties, the post war period with a reading of his own, a poet of the Age of Anxiety full of bewilderment, loss of lives and human casualty rarely felt and expressed elsewhere. Auden Poems by W.H Auden W.H Auden was born on st February in York He grew up in and near Birmingham in a professional middle class family He attended English public schools and

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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.


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    1. W.H. Auden was born on 21st February 1907 in York. He grew up in and near Birmingham in a professional middle-class family. He attended English 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. Auden was also gay, mainta [...]


    2. A slice of Auden:VintageIStop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,Silence the pianos and with muffled drumBring out the coffin, let the mourners come.Let aeroplanes circle moaning overheadScribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,Put crêpe bows round the white necks of the public doves, Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.He was my North, my South, my East and West,My working week and my Sunday rest,My noon, my midnight, my talk [...]


    3. I enjoyed carrying this small volume with me on the train and reading a poem or two during my daily commute. I am not an expert on Auden, but I enjoyed the range of poems in this slender collection: some funny, some sweet, some ominous, some startlingly candid, and many peculiarly mysterious (may be true of much good poetry?)I particularly liked the poem about the death of Yeats, and one called "A Summer Night."Although the late Auden is the one most vividly preserved in American consciousness, [...]


    4. Auden can be beautiful, delightful, ponderous, and haunting. About 70% of the collection in the Everyman's Library Pocket Poets edition [hand-sized, 256 pages] is easily accessible and enjoyable without contextualizing aids. I understand the publisher's concerns about book size and "pocketability," but I wish this edition included the poems' individual publication dates, if not a brief biographical timeline. Surely this would have only required another five or ten pages?


    5. Every time a starlet gets a Botox injection, I think of W. H. Auden: "O let not Time deceive you. You cannot conquer Time."


    6. I'm embarrassed to admit that I had been given this book ten years ago, and only just now had I gotten myself to read it. Though now having read it, more than embarrassed, I feel bad for myself that I missed out for so long on an experience with Auden.I like to take my time with poetry anyway, but this is a book that is especially demanding of a slow read. With varying structures of rhyme and meter, as well as different lengths of poems, I found this collection worked better doing short reads of [...]


    7. W.H. Auden, that's quite a name in poetry. I expected a lot of this anthology, but it was disappointing. Auden is a very versatile poet, that's for sure: he had a long carrier, and went through an interesting evolution. His work shows a great diversity of theme's and of poetic techniques. But, nevertheless, I wasn't appealed by it; especially the longer poems seemed to be tedious. Of course, there are some beauties (the classic "funeral blues" for instance, or the witty "archeology"). Perhaps my [...]


    8. One of my favorites:AUTUMN SONGNow the leaves are falling fast,Nurse's flowers will not last,Nurses to their graves are gone,But the prams go rolling on.Whispering neighbors left and rightDaunt us from our true delight,Able hands are forced to freezeDerelict on lonely knees.Close behind us on our track,Dead in hundreds cry Alack,Arms raised stiffly to reproveIn false attitudes of love.Scrawny through a plundered wood,Trolls run scolding for their food,Owl and nightingale are dumb,And the angel w [...]


    9. This is a lovely collection of poems, selected by Edward Mendelson, Auden's literary executor. This edition includes many of his best poems, however, it lacks an introduction or a preface, which may be very useful for a reader encountering this poet for the first time.Auden is not an easy poet at all. Sometimes he tries too hard to be clever and uses words for effect, without regard of their meaning. For this reason, parts of some of his poems can be incomprehensible. However, with a little help [...]


    10. Although I think Auden is a very strong writer and the poetry featured in this collection show immense skill, I did have a lot of difficulty following the poems, esp. the longer ones. Through most of the book I felt like I was just reading the words without getting the picture. This is more so my error than the author's, though I wish a small context caption was provided for the poems (besides the ones dedicated to other authors).My favorite poems were 'O Where Are You Going?', "O What is That S [...]


    11. Favorites:'O Where are You Going?'A Summer NightO What is That SoundAs I Walked Out One EveningAutumn SongFuneral BluesRoman Wall BluesO Tell Me the Truth About LoveEpitaph on a TyrantIn Memory of W. B. YeatsThe Unknown CitizenRefugee BluesWoodsPlainsFirst Things FirstThe More Loving OneThe Shield of AchillesThe Love FeastFriday's ChildThe Cave of NakednessA Thanksgiving



    12. favorites:oh where are you goingoh what is that soundthe dreamunderneath an abject willowat last the secret is outfuneral bluesjohnnyoh tell me the truth about loverefugee bluessong of the master and boatswainmiranda's songlullaby


    13. How does one rate a poem? Or a book of poetry?A poem which might seem empty at one moment will speak to you with the weight of the world in the next. Familiarity with a variety of poems allows one to archive them away and then retrieve one when the timing is right, and it, like a balm, heals. And so I read poetry. W.H. Auden is simultaneously accessible and complex. His writing is a paradoxy; a mixture of modern and ancient, everyday commonplace raised to royal, angry and loving. I've carried th [...]


    14. An interesting selection of Auden´s poetry by his literary executor Edward Mendelson. Auden´s poetry has been divided into an early period (1930-1940), a middle period (1940-1960) and a later period extending to his death in 1973 and including several poems published posthumously. This book includes poems from his early period such as:This lunar beautyOn this IslandNight MailFuneral BluesThe DreamCasinoDoverMusée de Beaux ArtsAs He IsIn Memory of W. B. YeatsThe Unknown CitizenLaw Like LoveIn [...]


    15. W. H. Auden holds personal significance for me; not only are his poems dripping with sorrow, yet at the same time spontaneous glee, but the manner by which he executes the thematic elements which reinforce the process of his mental deductions, add great achievement to his work. Some may find him to be too invested in producing exigent stories that disallow to pierce down a meaning; however, Auden's poems, in my opinion, have more than one connotation in the majority of cases. The limitless appli [...]


    16. One of my favourite poets, with beautiful verse on love and life' s dilemmas.Taller TodayTaller today we remember similar evenings,Walking together in the windless orchard.Where the brook runs over the gravel,Far from the glacier.A beautiful work by a master. And I particularly like a verse extolling marriage. "Place a gold ring on her finger, and hold her close to your heart" from "Carry her Over the Water." Also wonderful are Funeral Blues, an insight from a Chinese friend teaching English at [...]


    17. Auden wrote in many modes and many voices, but for me the best poems are those deceptively light verses that deal with the vacillations of love, look life's disappointments in the face with a wry glint in the eye, and recognize the magic of simply being alive in the present moment. This is a good cross-section of Auden, and is brimming with gems. If you find one poem cryptic, hang in there - the next one will sneak up on you in the most disarming manner and deftly catch you by the heart.


    18. Really enjoyed this at points, but it might not have been the right time for me to be digging into Auden. I've been out of practice reading poetry for a while now, and school work has me really on another plane. I did like it enough to return to Auden at some poin though.


    19. I have come back to this book several times in my years and I never tire of it. It is a wonderful accumulation of Auden's work and I always thoroughly enjoy it during a bubble bath - which happens once in a blue moon!




    20. There are some keepers in here. Some poems are harder to understand than others unless you know the words and references or are able to look them up. Overall, a good read. Very imaginative poems.






    21. Maybe I don't understand the brilliance of all his poetry, but there is some mighty gorgeous stuff there. Notables are "Funeral Blues" and "Johnny."



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