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Collected Shorter Poems 1927-1957 by W. H. Auden is essential reading for anyone seriously interested in modern poetry after T. S. Eliot.
About the Author
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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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!