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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully compiled anthology of Auden's lighter verses.
This book brings together some of the lighter verses written by Auden between 1929 and 1969 and offers a wonderfully enjoyable glimpse of his poetry. Containing 82 of Auden's shorter poems, this book shows the wit and genius which the poet used to create his work. Whether you are new to Auden's work (or new to poetry altogether) or are a fan looking to expand your...
Published on 27 Mar 2001 by darren.burns@totalise.co.uk

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2.0 out of 5 stars Lighter verse
There is at times too much of the cynic in this - a collection of the `lighter' verse of W H Auden. There is the famous "Stop all the clocks" poem - which is wonderful, despite being tainted by its inclusion in an otherwise fairly execrable film; the marvellous "night mail" which is impossible to read without a ghostly steam train in the head and one or two others which...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully compiled anthology of Auden's lighter verses., 27 Mar 2001
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This book brings together some of the lighter verses written by Auden between 1929 and 1969 and offers a wonderfully enjoyable glimpse of his poetry. Containing 82 of Auden's shorter poems, this book shows the wit and genius which the poet used to create his work. Whether you are new to Auden's work (or new to poetry altogether) or are a fan looking to expand your collection, this book will delight and entertain you for countless hours, once you pick it up you will not want to put it back down again, and will return to it again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry Workshop, 10 Sep 2013
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The blurb comments on how WHA seemed to gather the whole tradition of English verse
under his belt and refashion it: and it's true. The refashioning also shows a tirelessly
innovative poet in his own right: always looking for new syllable/rhyme/verse schemes.
If you want to put yourself through the mill re. the English language,
then imitate (and take off from) this little book. It's amusing, poignant
and only occasionally modernist-opaque. 'Worth every penny, henny.'
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lighter verse, 18 Sep 2009
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Eileen Shaw "Kokoschka's_cat" (Leeds, England) - See all my reviews
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There is at times too much of the cynic in this - a collection of the `lighter' verse of W H Auden. There is the famous "Stop all the clocks" poem - which is wonderful, despite being tainted by its inclusion in an otherwise fairly execrable film; the marvellous "night mail" which is impossible to read without a ghostly steam train in the head and one or two others which raise a laugh or make one stop a moment to think.

On the whole, however, there is also much that is so cynical and locked in its particular time that it says nothing much to anyone not - or so I imagine - an intimate of Auden's poetical circle. I wanted something a little more universal, but perhaps I have to read the more obscure and serious poems for that? He's quite a daunting poet in any case - such sinewy power resides in some of these squibby pieces that it's like looking for gold in a pan of river shale. Here's a gleam of wit, there a sudden piercing dart that lights the whole in a shock of understanding. But too much of this poetry is like an exquisite gift wrapped in dirty newspaper.
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