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Poems: Auden (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) Hardcover – 1 May 1995


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library; 1st edition (1 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679443673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679443674
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.9 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jonquil on 20 Aug 2011
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Auden has grown on me. He, so to speak, seeps into your thinking. i had a copy of Auden before I bought this one - a clunking great paperback that needed a table to rest it on to read. This copy, Everyman's Pocket Poets is what it says it is. It is a hardback, (hurrah, more robust) and pocket sized, (hurrah, I can carry it around), it is legible print, on good paper, and it allows me to luxuriate in the perceptions of Auden, and his lovely turns of phrase. Strongly recommended. Oh, and it was very affordable too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By susan on 29 Nov 2012
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This book arrived on time it was a present so that was great! It's a neat book and just fits in my pocket so I can take it on journeys. I saw the other authers in this series and I will definately be ordering those!
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By anne e jones on 17 Oct 2014
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Lovely little book easy to read and small enough to travel with.
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Some of the best poetry of the last century 30 April 2000
By Manuel Haas - Published on Amazon.com
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This substantial selection from Auden's poems may well help the American reader get a first impression of one of the best poets of the last century. Born in England in 1907, Auden moved to the US in 1940 and became an important influence on many American poets of his time. Unfortunately he usually seems to be regarded as too British to become part of the canon. While there is a very British sense of irony and self-deprecation in many of these poems, the feelings they express are truly universal.
What always strikes me about Auden is the musical quality of his poems and the huge number of memorable lines. There are so many verses which you won't forget although you've only read them one time or two, from the quirky:
"I'll love you, dear, I'll love you / Till China and Africa meet, / And the river jumps over the mountain / And the salmon sing in the street." to the more serious: "If equal affection cannot be / Let the more loving one be me."
As these lines do already show, you do not need a dictionary do understand Auden. In contrast to the generation of Eliot and Pound before them, Auden and his friends wanted to write for the common reader and express the feelings of the people around them. Even today people can relate to this, as the Auden renaissance after the reading of one of his poems in the movie "Four Weddings and a Funeral" proved.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Pleasurable Volume 20 Dec 2002
By C. Ebeling - Published on Amazon.com
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Auden reaches the general public in a way most poets, especially contemporary literary poets, fail. His themes, language, rhythm, imagery and form are no less brilliant for being understood. So many of his pieces reach across decades to contemporary experience, and most general readers come to his anthologies having heard one of his poems used effectively in contemporary media. Everyone who saw "Four Weddings and a Funeral" fell in love with "Funeral Blues," which was read in the funeral scene. This volume has it.
His poem "September 1, 1939" circulated widely, especially via e-mail, as the anniversary of September 11 came around, is also attracting new interest. Unfortunately, that particular work is not included in this collection. All the same, it is a fine sampling of what Auden did across a long and prolific career. The edition has a nice physicality--a well produced hardcover, at a bargain price--perfect for leaving on the bedside or on an occasional table. This is poetry in an accessible package made for reading. It makes a good gift.
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Beautiful 30 Nov 2009
By J. Coleman - Published on Amazon.com
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If you know someone in your family that is interested in defining poems in their own way, Auden is the poet to buy. I have covered the pages with my observations and rhyme patterns. This is a wonderful little book.
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Among the best 8 Mar 2011
By Annie Foerster - Published on Amazon.com
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I've always wanted to read Auden, but since he wrote so much beautiful poetry, most of his books are too heavey to carry around. These are some of the best of his musings and exquisite lyricism, in one small handy edition that fits in purse or pocket. I'm becoming an Auden scholar, able to quote some of his most beautiful lines.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good poetry 3 Jan 2014
By G - Published on Amazon.com
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Insights in modern English poetry. Superbly written and a pleasant read, it enriches the soul in these modern times that are void of true feelings
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