Who is W. H. Auden

Wystan Hugh Auden (21 February 1907 – 29 September 1973) was an English-American poet. 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 is 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...
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W. H. Auden Poems

  • Who's Who
    A shilling life will give you all the facts:
    How Father beat him, how he ran away,
    What were the struggles of his youth, what acts
    Made him the greatest figure of his day;...
  • Voltaire At Ferney
    Almost happy now, he looked at his estate.
    An exile making watches glanced up as he passed,
    And went on working; where a hospital was rising fast
    A joiner touched his cap; an agent came to tell...
  • Three Short Poems
    “The underground roads
    Are, as the dead prefer them,
    Always tortuous.”
    ...
  • The Unknown Citizen
    (To JS/07/M/378/ This Marble Monument
    Is Erected by the State)

    He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be...
  • The Two
    You are the town and we are the clock.
    We are the guardians of the gate in the rock.
    The Two.
    On your left and on your right...
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Top 10 most used topics by W. H. Auden

Away 11 Never 10 I Love You 10 Love 10 Night 9 Time 8 World 8 Sky 8 Life 7 Children 7


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  • Archerassoc: “you need not see what someone is doing to know if it is his vocation, you have only to watch his eyes: a cook mixing a sauce, as surgeon making a primary incision…all wearing that same rapt expression, forgetting themselves in a function." - w.h. auden
  • Jacodypress: w. h. auden said, “murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society must take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness.”
  • Dezentann: 'the surest sign that a man has a genuine taste of his own is that he is uncertain of it.' w.h. auden
  • Bryanjfield: professors, remember that w.h. auden once taught a course at u mich in 1941-1942 that required the undergrads to read 6000 pages (including 9 opera libretti, none in english). you’re doing just great!
  • 2l3dnuxtnarw1ok: a real book is not one that we read・恵ut one that reads us. w. h. auden
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