Collected Poems

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Random House, 1976 - Poetry - 696 pages
Collects all the poems Auden wished to preserve, in the versions he approved as final, providing the full range of the great poet's work between 1930 and 1974

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An incredible collection of poetry. Auden, from the start, demonstrates talent, skill, and acuity and varies the subject matter, content, style, and composition to ensure that one is never bored with ... Read full review

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The man may have had his problems, but he was a brilliant poet. Read full review

Contents

Editors Preface page 17 ?
15
The Letter
39
y The Questioner Who Sits
47
The Bonfires
53
Five Songs
59
Have
66
LL
72
A Summer Night
103
PART IX
343
In Transit
413
Cattivo Tempo
419
Bucolics
426
Shorts
435
Their Lonely Betters
444
Memorial for The City
450
The Shield of Achilles
454

Walked Out One Evening
114
Oxford
124
nThe Novelist
148
PART V
159
In Memory of W B Yeats
197
Another Time
218
The Quest
224
9 Luther
235
Leap Before You Look
244
PART VII
269
PART VIII
309
The Epigoni
460
The Love Feast
466
Secrets
472
GoodBye To The Mezzogiorno
486
9Da me Kind
503
oShorts I
539
413
686
639
687
450
694
Copyright

About the author (1976)

W. H. Auden, who was born in York, England, on February 21, 1907, is one of the most successful and well-known poets of the 20th century. Educated at Oxford, Auden served in the Spanish Civil War, which greatly influenced his work. He also taught in public schools in Scotland and England during the 1930s. It was during this time that he rose to public fame with such works as "Paid on Both Sides" and "The Orators." Auden eventually immigrated to the United States, becoming a citizen in 1946. It was in the U.S. that he met his longtime partner Chester Kallman. Stylistically, Auden was known for his incomparable technique and his linguistic innovations. The term Audenesque became an adjective to describe the contemporary sounding speech reflected in his poems. Auden's numerous awards included a Bollingen Prize in Poetry, A National Book Award for "The Shield of Achilles," a National Medal for Literature from the National Book Committee, and a Gold Medal from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Numerous volumes of his poetry remain available today, including "About the House" and "City Without Walls." W.H. Auden died on September 28, 1973 in Vienna.

Edward Mendelson is a professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University. He is the literary executor of W. H. Auden's estate and the editor of Auden's complete works. Among his previous books are "Early Auden, Later Auden," and editions of novels by Anthony Trollope, George Meredith, Thomas Hardy, H. G. Wells, and Arnold Bennett. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

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