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Collected Shorter Poems 1927-1957 [Paperback]

W.H. Auden
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1969

W. H. Auden was once described as the Picasso of modern poetry - a tribute to his ceaseless experimentation with form and subject matter. Beginning with Anglo-Saxon poetry and ending with an Horatian expansiveness and conversational sweep, this volume is essential reading for anyone seriously interested in modern poetry after T. S. Eliot.

In his lifetime a controversial, outspoken, yet enigmatic, writer, Auden has gradually come to seem an intimate poet, as we have learned to read him correctly. This volume is the best possible introduction to his consummate craftsmanship and his unparalleled originality which made him the master-poet of his generation.


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Date Uncertain edition (1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571087353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571087358
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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W. H. Auden was born in York in 1907 and brought up in Birmingham. His first book, Poems, was published by T. S. Eliot at Faber in 1930. He went to Spain during the civil war, to Iceland (with Louis MacNeice) and later travelled to China. In 1939 he and Christopher Isherwood left for America, where Auden spent the next fifteen years lecturing, reviewing, writing poetry and opera librettos, and editing anthologies. He became an American citizen in 1946, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1948. In 1956 he was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford, and a year later went to live in Kirchstetten in Austria, after spending several summers on Ischia. He died in Vienna in 1973.

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W. H. Auden (1907-1973) never ceased to experiment with poetry in its form and subject matter, becoming quite complex in his later works. Auden's early poems are pastoral and lyrical, speaking of the windswept Yorkshire moors and disused, derelict mine-works which fascinated the young Auden. He travels through poetic territory, transfixed upon Freud and folktales and arrives upon a landscape shaped by conflict, depicting the horrors of war and the brutality of tyrants, such as Hitler, that resonates with the reader: `When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter,/And when he cried the little children died in the streets'.
And in his later poems there is a pre-occupation with space and time, sex and ritual and of course, love: `Lay your sleeping head, my love, /Human on my faithless arm'. As a young man, the erudite Auden was drawn to Marxism but later grew closer towards an Anglo-Catholicism which brought about an intensified `self-censorship' period. His poems are often dazzling and sometimes annoying, but there is an integrity which remains throughout!
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5.0 out of 5 stars masterful 26 Jun 2014
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such sensitive and beautiful writing is missed in the world today with rap music, internet photo-bombing and nonsense that dares to call itself art, or literature.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely! 1 May 2013
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The book is in beautiful condition, and it is the exact copy I was looking for. Thank you so much!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars ISABEL DALHOUSIE IS RIGHT 4 May 2010
By John F. Harty - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this version of AUDEN's shorter poems after reading the first 5 Isabel Dalhousie books by Alexander McCall Smith and I appreciate her/his taste in poetry.
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