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  W. H. Auden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Auden wrote a considerable body of criticism and essays as well as co-authoring some drama with his friend Christopher Isherwood, but he is primarily known as a poet.
Auden's work is characterised by exceptional variety, ranging from such rigorous traditional forms as the villanelle to original yet intricate forms, as well as the technical and verbal skills Auden displayed regardless of form.
Auden was often thought of as part of a group of like-minded writers including Edward Upward, Christopher Isherwood, Louis MacNeice (with whom he collaborated on Letters from Iceland in 1936), Cecil Day-Lewis, and Stephen Spender, although he himself stopped thinking of himself as part of a group after about the age of 24.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Auden,_Wystan_Hugh   (1015 words)

  
 auden   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
As Auden’s own claim that “art and life are different and not to be confused” is one of the main entries of this essay, it is going to be contrasted and possibly complemented by some aspects of his extremely prolific literary career, focusing particularly on the beginning years of his “American period”.
Auden’s early interest in music seems to have enhanced the melodic character of his verse and sonorousness became one of the distinctive features of his poetry, realised to the highest degree in his opera libretti.
Auden is known for always seeking analogies and symbols for the fundamental spiritual condition of man. Whether a fairy tale, a myth, a detective story, a fantasy, a quest or just a landscape - all are intellectually parabolic of an inner condition.
peterpurg.kdpm.org /Audense1.html   (3810 words)

  
 Auden   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
The opposite of confessional poetry that enjoyed a vogue near the end of his lifetime, Auden's verse was sleek, wry, and generally aimed at matters of public concern.
Auden's move to the United States in 1939 was the turning point in his life, and its impact is still hotly contested by critics.
The last chapters of the book, as Auden's body breaks down under the strain of a lifetime's stress, strong drink, and barbiturates, are excruciating to read, as we see the prankish and sensitive schoolboy turned into a doomed, self-pitying old man.
www.bostonphoenix.com /alt1/archive/books/reviews/04-96/AUDEN.html   (657 words)

  
 The W. H. Auden Society
This web site offers a list of books by Wystan Hugh Auden, links to some of his poems, a selective list of recordings of his readings and of musical settings of his poems, and (to be added in the near future) a biography.
Recent news of publications and events of interest to Auden's readers, reports of work in progress, and brief scholarly and interpretive notes may also be found here.
The W. Auden Society is registered as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of New York.
www.audensociety.org   (534 words)

  
 The permanent Auden, by Roger Kimball
His detailed discussion of Auden’s early development was at the same time a brief for the view of poetry—and by implication, the view of society and man’s place in it—that Auden came to represent.
Auden’s love of complicated verse forms and unusual words was doubtless partly an expression of a poet’s delight in the resources of language and his ability to manipulate it skillfully.
Auden’s brand of amoralism is only possible if you are the kind of person who is always somewhere else when the trigger is pulled.” Auden later wrote to the British embassy offering to do “anything when and if the Government ask me,” but he oughtn’t have been surprised to find his offer rebuffed.
www.newcriterion.com /archive/17/may99/auden.htm   (3961 words)

  
 glbtq >> literature >> Auden, W. H.
Auden, W. Described by Edward Mendelson as "the most inclusive poet of the twentieth century, its most technically skilled, and its most truthful," Auden is the first major poet to incorporate modern psychological insights and paradigms as a natural element of his work and thought.
Auden's acceptance of his gayness thus leads him to new insight into the universal impulse to love and enlarges his understanding of all kinds of relationships.
Auden's marriage to Kallman was not to prove entirely happy (primarily due to Kallman's promiscuity), but it provided the poet with loving companionship and helped seal the permanence of his self-exile.
www.glbtq.com /literature/auden_wh.html   (1348 words)

  
 Life and Works of WH Auden -- Essay at LiteratureClassics.com
Auden enjoyed a warm relationship with his father, and the medical and scientific influence became a motif of his early poetic work, which is filled with recurrent images of disease, healing and the bodily functions.
In general, the poetry Auden wrote early and late in his life is personal; the poetry written during the remainder of his life has greater political and social significance.
Auden's social commentary is not limited to politics – he explored Freudianism in 'An Elegy to Freud' and the inadequacies of British government in 'The Unknown Citizen'.
www.literatureclassics.com /essays/120   (2458 words)

  
 The New Yorker: The Critics: A Critic At Large   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Auden and Christopher Isherwood had come to New York together in 1939—before the war began, but when it was obvious that it was on its way.
Auden understood, with a clarity enforced by distance—he saw the shapes the blood was making, where up close one saw only the spill—that Europe's murderousness took a logical form.
And what finally strikes the reader of Auden's essays is how often what is exasperation in his prose becomes eloquent in his poetry: a tension between community—expressed in the idioms of cosmopolitan, urban charm—and ideal love, expressed in the abstract language of theology.
www.newyorker.com /critics/atlarge/?020923crat_atlarge   (3027 words)

  
 Books & Reading: Book Reviews
Auden was the greatest poet in our language during the period(s) of his ascendancy, from the early 1930s to the mid-1960s.
Auden was one of the first to acknowledge Marxism as a failed God, and he was a charter subscriber to Jung, to Kierkegaard and the High Protestant Existentialism of the 1950s, though he often did not renew his subscription.
Auden might have sneered at the confessional impulse in poetry, but his principles never constrained his Muse.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-srv/style/books/reviews/laterauden990704.htm   (509 words)

  
 Style: The Caliban Beneath the Skin: Abstract Drama in Auden's Favorite Poem
Auden was such a master of form, not only of forms such as sonnets and sestinas but of forms such as Englyns and Drott-Kvaetts, that Mendelson's label of Auden as the "most technically skilled" poet of the twentieth century seems an understatement (Early Auden xiii).(1)
Auden, in fact, emphasized the difficulty - and unusual nature - of the piece by saying, "The whole point about the verbal style is that, since Caliban is inarticulate, he has to borrow, from Ariel, the most artificial style possible, i.e., that of Henry James" (emphasis mine; Carpenter 328).
According to Auden, the only kind of drama to accomplish that was the "pure West-end drama that is talk without action." Auden's insight into this "high art" aligns with his desire to write what in 1931 he called "abstract drama": a drama of ideas in which all the action is implied (Plays xix).
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2342/is_1_33/ai_58055907   (1261 words)

  
 W. H. Auden and The New York Quarterly
Wystan Hugh Auden was born September 21, 1907 in York, England.
After dedicating himself to the art of poetry at the age of fifteen, Auden was quickly recognized as something of a prodigy.
The Auden craft interview, along with his poem "Shorts," is featured in NYQ Issue 1, Winter 1970.
www.nyquarterly.com /profiles/auden.html   (313 words)

  
 FT August/September 2001: Auden and the Limits of Poetry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
And yet, Auden continued to believe that poetry was the vocation to which he had been called, not just by his temperament or aptitudes, but by God himself, “the author and giver of all good things” (as he wrote in a 1940 poem).
Auden thus increasingly came to believe that we are emphatically compound beings, subject always to natural laws and yet called upon to “assume responsibility for time” by making decisions—decisions whose inevitable consequences are yet another form of necessity.
Auden came to believe the doctrine of the resurrection of the body a vital one and a necessary corrective to the implicit Gnosticism and Manicheanism of his existentialist influences.
www.firstthings.com /ftissues/ft0108/articles/jacobs.html   (4068 words)

  
 Randall Jarrell on W. H. Auden; ; Stephen Burt and Hannah Brooks-Motl
Auden's triumphal march across the next decade, though, began to disconcert Jarrell, and these Princeton lectures are the record of his mixed feelings.
Jarrell's Auden is a poet (like Jarrell himself) working out a moral vision for his time, and developing a language for that vision.
In Auden, Jarrell found a crucial poetic influence that needed to be both embraced and resisted.
www.columbia.edu /cu/cup/catalog/data/023113/0231130783.HTM   (731 words)

  
 Auden, W. H. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
A versatile, vigorous, and technically skilled poet, Auden ranks among the major literary figures of the 20th cent.
Auden’s first volume of poetry appeared in 1930.
In 1939, Auden moved to the United States, he became a citizen in 1946, and beginning that year taught at a number of American colleges and universities.
www.bartleby.com /65/au/Auden-WH.html   (395 words)

  
 Auden
Auden was arguably the pre-eminent poet of his generation and exerted a major influence on subsequent poets.
In 1956 Auden was appointed Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.
Auden is commemorated with a plaque in 'Poets' Corner', Westminster Abbey, London.
www.poetsgraves.co.uk /auden.htm   (269 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Collected Poems: Auden (Vintage International): Books: W. H. Auden   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Auden, probably in response to the earlier of the two essays, altered the stanza in the 1940 version (entitled "Spain, 1937"), & eventually deleted the poem from his oeuvre.
Auden nonetheless (rightly) defended the original version of the line, arguing that it was an honest attempt to speak of the possibility of a "just war", against the absolutist pacificist position that all wars are wrong, while nonetheless not downplaying the brutality of war.
Auden is probably the most influential English-language poet of the 20th century, & depending on your perspective must take much of the credit or blame for the midcentury retreat in the UK & US from the modernist & avantgarde styles of the early 20th century.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0679731970?v=glance   (1653 words)

  
 Island of Freedom - Wystan Hugh Auden
Auden was born in York, the son of a physician.
Auden immigrated to the United States in 1939 (he became an American citizen in 1946) and at about the same time returned to the religion of his youth, Anglicanism.
Auden's influence on the succeeding generation of poets was immense.
www.island-of-freedom.com /AUDEN.HTM   (772 words)

  
 News About W. H. Auden
Donald Mitchell's Britten and Auden in the Thirties: The Year 1936, a major study of the collaboration and friendship between W. Auden and Benjamin Britten, first published in 1981, was reissued in paperback by the Boydell Press in 2000.
Oxford Poetry includes Auden's unpublished 81-line draft of "The Sphinx" with an introduction by John Fuller and a chapter from Stephen Spender's 1928 novel Instead of Death in which Auden is one of the main characters.
Auden taught at the Downs School, a preparatory school in Colwall, from 1932 to 1935.
www.audensociety.org /news.html   (1703 words)

  
 The New York Review of Books: Auden at Home
Auden was powerfully aware of the difficulty involved in being on the receiving end of an intensely felt love, and you may remember that in his definition of the Vision of Eros he more or less excluded the possibility that the vision could be mutual.
What Auden wrote in code—to the extent that his circle might possess a key to the code while the general public did not—would have been read within his circle with the sense of pleasure and privilege enjoyed by the initiate; perhaps too as a joke on the general public.
Auden's "There is no point" might be taken to mean, "Whatever I say in my defense will be useless." And that has certainly proved the case, since the accusation of cowardice pursued him all his life, and afterward too.
www.nybooks.com /articles/127   (4216 words)

  
 W. H. Auden
Auden - W. Auden (Wynstan Hugh Auden) poet, dramatist Born: 2/21/1907 Birthplace: York, England...
Auden's allusion to "In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markievicz" in "In Memory of W.B. Yeats." (W.H. Auden) (ANQ)
Auden's '(Hearing of Harvests Rotting in the Valleys).' (W.H. Auden) (The Explicator)
www.infoplease.com /ce6/people/A0805295.html   (372 words)

  
 Auden, W.H. and Isherwood, C.; Mendelson, E., ed.: The Complete Works of W.H. Auden: Plays and Other Dramatic Writings, ...
In 1928 Stephen Spender hand-printed thirty copies of a small volume of poems by his friend W. Auden--the first published book by a man who was to become the dominant literary figure of his generation and one of the century's greatest poets.
Also included are Auden's prose and verse written for documentary films, a cabaret sketch, and an unpublished radio script.
During the years when these works were created, Auden moved from a "poetry of isolation" to more expansive and public writing.
www.pupress.princeton.edu /titles/4242.html   (475 words)

  
 LA Weekly: Books Review: Ask the Auden Expert
Perhaps it's just a coincidence, but when Auden finally left New York in 1972 (he would die a year later, aged 66, in Austria), the first thing his apartment's new occupant did was put up a giant poster of Bob Dylan.
Auden was very emphatic that his religion was not a supernatural religion of miracles.
Auden was very intent on the sense of first-person responsibility, which is denied or refused in so much 20th-century thought, with its emphasis on historical forces, unconscious motives, or the controlling powers of the mass media.
www.laweekly.com /ink/99/26/books-bernhard.shtml   (1879 words)

  
 Amazon.com: The Complete Works of W.H. Auden: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Auden seems to be creeping back into contemporary consciousness, thanks partly to the recent work of biographers, memoirists, and now this volume in Princeton's series of his complete writings.
Auden reveals himself here as first and last a maker who would approach almost any written form with that preoccupation.
Although his mind was steeped in tradition, Auden exhibited a remarkably free range within that tradition to elaborate, invent, or simply amuse himself.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0691067406?v=glance   (957 words)

  
 [minstrels] Villanelle -- W. H. Auden
[On Auden] As both Martin and I have commented in the past, one of the pleasures of Minstrelsy is the discovery of new poems, many of which we'd never have chanced upon had it not been for this mailing list.
Perhaps Auden's art takes time to appreciate, perhaps I just hadn't read the 'right' poems prior to the Minstrels [1], perhaps my own tastes in poetry have changed in the last year or two...
I confess I can't make sense of every single reference Auden uses (for example, how can _brooks_ run away?), but the overall effect is brilliant - it captures the ideas of evanescence and loss and yes, love, remarkably well.
www.cs.rice.edu /~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/677.html   (713 words)

  
 W. H. Auden   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-20)
Greenberg, Herbert, Quest for the Necessary: W. Auden and the Dilemma of Divided Consciousness (1968)
H. Auden: In the Autumn of the Age of Anxiety (1983)
Bibliography, links to some of his poems, a selective list of recordings of his readings and of musical settings of his poems, news of publications and events of interest to readers of Auden, scholarly and interpretive notes about his work, archives of back issues of the Society's Newsletter.
www.lit.kobe-u.ac.jp /~hishika/auden.htm   (267 words)

  
 Auden on Bin Laden By Eric McHenry
Auden, apparently, decided that its ambiguities couldn't be reconciled with its declamatory tone.
I have a dozen arguments with Auden's line breaks, his awkwardness and his punctuation in "Sept. 1, 1939"--and it still resonates as a powerful reaction to horror.
I think Auden's disappointment in the piece was more likely to do with his own feelings of literary inadequacy within the poem.
www.slate.com /?id=115900   (1169 words)

  
 Auden, W.H.; Mendelson, E., ed.: The Complete Works of W.H. Auden: Prose and Travel Books in Prose and Verse: Volume I. ...
This book contains all the essays and reviews that W. Auden wrote during the years when he was living in England, and also includes the full original versions of his two illustrated travel books, Letters from Iceland (written in collaboration with Louis MacNeice) and Journey to a War (written in collaboration with Christopher Isherwood).
Auden's early prose ranges from extravagant indiscreet travel diaries through sharply observed critiques of writers from John Skelton to Winston Churchill.
The texts are newly edited from Auden's manuscripts by Edward Mendelson, the literary executor of the Auden estate.
pup.princeton.edu /titles/5960.html   (485 words)

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