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windhounded: "Looking up at the stars, I know quite well That, for all they care, I can go to hell, But on earth indifference is the least We have to dread from man or beast." -- (W.H.Auden, 1957) t b q h

hwang_eunbin: "All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation."- W. H. Auden

dankquote: All sins tend to be addictive. And the terminal point of addiction is damnation ~W. H. Auden

matthewjdowd: Happy bday poet W. H. Auden, b.1907. “We must love one another or die. “How should we like it were stars to burn With a passion for us we could not return? If equal affection cannot be, Let the more loving one be me. “You owe it to all of us to get on with what you're good at.

OsunaB: OMG LOVE this one! “Love your crooked neighbor with all your crooked heart” -W.H. Auden

RCdeWinter: Dance till the stars come down from the rafters Dance, Dance, Dance till you drop. ~W. H. Auden

flemingrut: Unendowed with wealth or pity, Little birds with scarlet legs, Sitting on their speckled eggs, Eye each flu-infected city. Altogether elsewhere, vast Herds of reindeer move across Miles and miles of golden moss, Silently and very fast. W. H. Auden, "The Fall of Rome" (1947)

BirteFoerster: W. H. Auden and Iceland

uhume: But once in a while the odd thing happens, Once in a while the dream comes true, And the whole pattern of life is altered, Once in a while the moon turns blue. ~W.H. Auden [The Crystal Ball by John William Waterhouse]

atanessi: There is no such thing as the State And no one exists alone; Hunger allows no choice To the citizen or the police; We must love one another or die. September 1, 1939 by W. H. Auden

jacodypress: “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.” W. H. Auden

ComleyMel: “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.” W. H. Auden

AshOrmon: What exactly is a "conversation piece?" This phrase originated as a poem that was written in an informal and relaxed style. It was a means to present a serious issue for discussion. Poets who are best known to embody this style are Robert Frost and W.H. Auden.

ChristaKinde: "A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language." —W. H. Auden amwriting

kautsarfahreza: “I and the public know What all schoolchildren learn Those to whom evil is done Do evil in return.” — W.H. Auden. September 1, 1939

jumblejim: I think W. H. Auden nailed some of our fellow Americans quite well: We would rather be ruined than changed we would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die.

RamonSomoza1: A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us. W.H. Auden

ItsMeAG64096340: "Evil is unspectacular and always human, And shares our bed and eats at our table ..." W H. Auden

DavePiperDJ: If C.S. Lewis was John Lewis's brother, what relation was W.H. Smith to W.H. Auden?

KitchensNicolas: "To choose what is difficult all ones days, as if it were easy, that is faith." W. H. Auden

O_Snowblind: The Ogre does what ogres can, Deeds quite impossible for Man, But one prize is beyond his reach: The Ogre cannot master speech. About a subjugated plain, Among its desperate and slain, The Ogre stalks with hands on hips, While drivel gushes from his lips. W.H. Auden

Kanaki29: What 's from a coffee this morning coffee? Much of a coffee, not just a coffee. John Keats, W. H. Auden in my future readings.

MikesJokesEtc: We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know. -W H Auden

jacodypress: “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.” W. H. Auden

RamadhaniNazli: What ever you do, good or bad, people will always have something negative to say -W.H.Auden

odia_raja: "Evil is unspectacular and always human, And shares our bed and eats at our own table." W.H. Auden

trinityforum: Each of the characters in Jacobs' book "The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis" (Jacques Maritain, T. S. Eliot, C. S. Lewis, W. H. Auden, and Simone Weil) were focused on education in a post-WWII world. Join us here:

ceb111481: 4 of 5 stars to Auden by W.H. Auden

mariaislost: I got in trouble for using they/them pronouns when talking about a W.H. Auden love poem lol

UnderAntares: In the nightmare of the dark All the dogs of Europe bark And the living nations wait Each sequestered in its hate -W.H. Auden

dyan_maramba: He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong. -- W.H. Auden --

2l3DnUXTnARw1OK: A real book is not one that we read・恵ut one that reads us. W. H. Auden

Aimee05705751: "She survived whatever happened. She forgave. She became." - W. H. Auden

stephenkeeler: First stanza of W H Auden’s ‘September 1, 1939’ could have been written today and been as meaningful.

hudsonpoet: Another short poem by the end of the day. One short poem a day. They will add up to a book if I'm lucky.

ProductionMath1: Third week of the Week. To choose what is difficult all ones days, as if it were easy, that is faith. -- W. H. Auden 2020-07-08 balmily

frenchcookie47: The only poem I can think about these days is 'The 1st of September' by W.H. Auden.

DavidCollard1: The Song of Lunch (BBC film starring Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson, words by Christopher Reid). Strongly recommended. Likewise Canadian documentary ‘Runner’ directed by Don Owen, commentary by W H Auden, who also scripted epic documentary “U S” in 1969.

Samantharhill: "At all times in history men have felt anxious about their own fate or the fate of their class or community, but there has seldom been a time, I believe, when the present and future of the whole human endeavor on this earth have seemed questionable to so many people." W.H. Auden

ComleyMel: “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.” W. H. Auden

Insane_tweetz: Evil is always unspectacular and always human. And shares our bed...and eats at our table. ~ W.H Auden

gothtrotter: Funeral Blues - W.H. Auden One of the most moving poems ever written.

zidrees560: "Do not be embarrassed by your mistakes. Nothing can teach us better than our understanding of them. This is one of the best ways of self-education." -W. H. Auden

MatthewMidthun: Truth, like love and sleep, resents approaches that are too intense. W. H. Auden

rarebookman: Superb W. H. Auden Letter to Lewis Mumford. 1-1/2 pages. Auden talks about the depressing experience of having lived in a sterilized "modern" flat and the importance of people "bolstering themselves up with ornaments and decoration." About Fine. $1,500

tarifabeach: “Language is the mother, not the handmaiden, of thought; words will tell you things you never thought or felt before.”― W.H. Auden

Samantharhill: "Every now and then, I come across a book which gives me the impression of having been especially written for me." — W.H. Auden

EmersonKennedy4: “Truth, like love and sleep, resents Approaches that are too intense.” ~W.H. Auden

unummagnumtotum: "Cold are the clays of Kibroth-Hattaavah, Babel's urbanities buried in sand, Red the geraniums in the rectory garden Where the present incumbent reads Plato in French And has lost his belief in Hell." -W. H. Auden

unummagnumtotum: "To know nature is not enough for the ego; The aim of its eros is to create a soul, The start of its magic is stolen flesh." -W. H. Auden

unummagnumtotum: "Let nature unite us whose needs belong to Separate systems that make no sense to each other" -W. H. Auden

unummagnumtotum: "Human beings are, necessarily, actors who cannot become something before they have first pretended to be it; and they can be divided, not into the hypocritical and the sincere, but into the sane who know they are acting and the mad who do not." -W. H. Auden

FloGravar: W.H. Auden / Funeral blues

LarkynSimony: “All we are not stares back at what we are.” - W.H. Auden

waitheshp: I know nothing, except what everyone knows- if there when Grace dances, I should dance....W.H. Auden

armadill2010: Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh. (W. H. Auden)

crimaiota: "Evil is always unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed, and eats at our table."(W.H. Auden)(S1E12)

dr_mcgilchrist: Daily Poetry Readings: Day Seventy Eight Dr Iain McGilchrist reads 'Musee des Beaux Arts' by W. H. Auden.

aaghazedosti: W H Auden's poem: The maps at his disposal were out of date And the Census Returns almost certainly incorrect, But there was no time to check them, no time to inspect Contested areas. But in seven weeks it was done, the frontiers decided, A continent for better or worse divided.

edwardmendelson: "if poetry was well-paid, just think of the kind of people who would write it." - W.H. Auden, in a letter to Caroline Newton, 17 February 1941

gus_card: W. H. Auden, Isherwood and Stephen Spender:

unummagnumtotum: "...The Bravura of revolvers in vogue now And the cult of death are quite at home Inside the city." -W. H. Auden

unummagnumtotum: "Gadgets are gods and we go on talking, Many about much, but remain alone, Alive but alone, belonging--where?-- Unattached as tumbleweeds. Time flies." -W. H. Auden

eduarddaduarte: "How should we like it were stars to burn With a passion for us we could not return? If equal affection cannot be, Let the more loving one be me." W. H. Auden, 1957

unummagnumtotum: "But the new barbarian is no uncouth Desert-dweller; he does not emerge From fir forests; factories bread him; Corporate companies, college towns Mothered his mind, and many journals Backed his belief. He was born here." -W. H. Auden

Onesimo196852: "The Unknown Citizen" by W.H. Auden (read by Tom O'Bedlam)

cpx_tweet: It mostly matters, though, *that* we name things. The poet W. H. Auden, referencing the Genesis creation story, wrote:

cylocyziruzu: Man is what he reads. W. H. Auden

zdbarnes: just learned a new favorite set of roommates: benjamin britten, w.h. auden, gypsy rose lee, and carson mccullers, c. 1940 in a Brooklyn Heights row house

neeshma_r: "Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about." - W. H. Auden This is true not just for writing.

leslieacorke: What's Happening? Boris Johnson? The stars are not wanted; put out every one, Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun, Pour away the ocean and sweep on the wood; For nothing now can ever come to any good. Funeral Blues> W.H. Auden

Susan94404143: "Life is the destiny you are bound to refuse until you have consented to die." W.H. Auden "For the Time Being"

M_B_A: "If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me." —W. H. Auden, "The More Loving One"

crimaiota: "Evil is always unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed, and eats at our table."(W.H. Auden)(S1E12)

SCopyrighted: “The most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable.” ― W.H. Auden

2l3DnUXTnARw1OK: Man is what he reads. W. H. Auden

MrunmayiA: Truth, like love and sleep, resents Approaches that are too intense. - W. H. Auden

lohoppy: "U S" by W. H. Auden

alanilagan: We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know. ~ W. H. Auden

BiljanaDodic: "All I have is a voice - to undo the folded lie - the lie of authority - whose buildings grope the sky. No one exists alone. Hunger allows no choice to the citizen or police. We must love one another... or die." (W. H. Auden)

ptkn35: “The most exciting rhythms seem unexpected and complex, the most beautiful melodies simple and inevitable.” ― W.H. Auden

patric_adam: “I smell blood and an era of prominent madmen.” ― W.H. Auden

RubenBaetens: "Those who will not reason, perish in the act. Those who will not act, perish for that reason." W.H. Auden

magistrabeck: He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong. -W.H. Auden

DoctorYasmin: If anyone wants to send me the complete works of W. H. Auden I'd be most grateful

FionaBowler1: “Ischia”, a poem by W.H. Auden

Onesimo196852: If I Could Tell You by W.H. Auden

veynish_lv: To be happy means to be free, not from pain or fear, but from care or anxiety. ~W. H. Auden

DurhamWASP: "To pray is to pay attention to something or someone other than oneself. Whenever a man so concentrates his attention - on a landscape, a poem, a geometrical problem, an idol, or the True God - that he completely forgets his own ego and desires, he is praying." W.H. Auden

larryagross: You could not shock her more than she shocks me; Beside her Joyce seems innocent as grass. It makes me most uncomfortable to see An English spinster of the middle-class... Reveal so frankly and with such sobriety The economic basis of society. W. H. Auden re Jane Austen

larryagross: Art, if it doesn't start there, at least ends, Whether aesthetics likes the thought or not, In an attempt to entertain our friends. W.H. Auden Letter to Lord Byron

firstthingsmag: W. H. Auden knew what poetry can’t do, and always felt the need to put himself and other poets in their proper place. From the archives:

NuriaRIL: Thousands have lived without love, none without water. W.H. Auden

hennie23swart: So many people have the approach to God and religion exemplified by W. H. Auden: ‘I love to sin; God loves to forgive; The world is admirably arranged.’

gvkonsta: animal femurs ascribed to saints who never existed, are still more holy than portraits of conquerors who, unfortunately, did - W. H. Auden

Onu_Williams: W. H. Auden said "those to whom evil is done, do evil in return." But I say those to whom evil is done don't have to do evil in return; repay evil with good.

Dejima606: Choice of attention - to pay attention to this and ignore that - is to inner life what choice of action is to outer. In both cases man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences. -W.H. Auden

PaulRoseJr: “There must be two kinds of art: escape-art, for man needs escape as he needs food and deep sleep, and parable-art, that art which shall teach man to unlearn hatred and learn love.” W. H. Auden wrote those words in 1935.

davidburn: Peter Halstead reads W. H. Auden - "As I Walked Out One Evening" (Full)

NadiaAwriter: A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. W. H. Auden



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