Selected Poems

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Vintage International, 2007 - 344 pagine
This significantly expanded edition of W. H. Auden's Selected Poems adds twenty poems to the hundred in the original edition, broadening its focus to better reflect the enormous wealth of form, rhetoric, tone, and content in Auden's work. Newly included are such favorites as “Funeral Blues” and other works that represent Auden's lighter, comic side, giving a fuller picture of the range of his genius. Also new are brief notes explaining references that may have become obscure to younger generations of readers and a revised introduction that draws on recent additions to knowledge about Auden.

As in the original edition, the new Selected Poems makes available the preferred original versions of some thirty poems that Auden revised later in life, making it the best source for enjoying the many facets of Auden's art in one volume.
 

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Recensione dell'utente  - elfortunawe - LibraryThing

If you're considering taking on Auden, then start here. Though the Collected Poems is certainly the superior collection, this book makes the better introduction. Auden edited his corpus repeatedly ... Leggi recensione completa

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Recensione dell'utente  - ElizabethPisani - LibraryThing

Full of surprises and gems. Good soul food for sad days, because just as you are feeling routed and lost, he reminds you that the torturer's horse is scratching his innocent behind on a tree. An Old Master indeed. Leggi recensione completa

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Who stands the crux left of the watershed
3
It was Easter as I walked in the public gardens
9
III
12
Consider this and in our time
16
Though aware of our rank and alert to obey orders
22
The Capital
86
Museé des Beaux Arts
87
Epitaph on a Tyrant
88
In Sickness and in Health
120
Leap Before You Look
123
Jumbled in the common box
124
Atlantis
125
At the Grave of Henry James
128
Mundus et Infans
132
The Lesson
134
The Sea and the Mirror
136

SI Refugee Blues
91
The Unknown Citizen
93
Calypso
94
September 1 1939
95
Law say the gardeners is the sun
98
In Memory of Sigmund Freud
100
Eyes look into the well Ioa Lady weeping at the crossroads
104
Song for St Cecilias Day I
106
o The Quest IoS 6 I But I Cant I 19
119
Noon I
137
Lament for a Lawgiver
180
Under Which Lyre
182
The Fall of Rome
188
In Praise of Limestone
189
A Note on the Text
321
Index of Titles and First Lines
335
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W. H. Auden (1907-73) was born in York, England, and educated at Oxford. During the 1930s he was the leader of a left-wing literary group that included Christopher Isherwood and Stephen Spender. With Isherwood he wrote three verse plays. He lived in Germany during the early days of Nazism, and was a stretcher-bearer for the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War. Auden's first volume of poetry appeared in 1930. Later volumes include Spain (1937), New Year Letter (1941), For the Time Being, a Christmas Oratorio (1945), The Age of Anxiety (1947; Pulitzer Prize), Nones (1951), The Shield of Achilles (1955), Homage to Clio (1960), About the House (1965), Epistle of a Godson (1972), and Thank You, Fog (1974). His other works include the libretto, with his companion Chester Kallman, for Stravinsky's opera The Rake's Progress (1953); A Certain World: A Commonplace Book (1970); and The Dyer's Hand and Other Essays (1968). In 1939 Auden moved to the United States and became a citizen in 1946, and beginning that year taught at a number of American colleges and universities. From 1956 to 1961 he was professor of poetry at Oxford. Subsequently he lived in a number of countries, including Italy and Austria, and in 1971 he returned to England. He was awarded the National Medal for Literature in 1967.

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