Selected Poems

ISBN-10: 0307278085

ISBN-13: 9780307278081

Edition: 2007

Authors: Edward Mendelson, W. H. Auden

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The author has restored the early vision of some 30 of his greatest poems, generally considered to be superior to the later versions. Edited by Edward Medelson.
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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.

Note to the Expanded Editionxiii
Who stands, the crux left of the watershed
From the very first coming down
Control of the passes was, he saw, the key
Taller to-day, we remember similar evenings
Watch any day his nonchalant pauses, see
Will you turn a deaf ear
Sir, no man’s enemy, forgiving all
It was Easter as I walked in the public gardens
Since you are going to begin to-day
Consider this and in our time
This lunar beauty
To ask the hard question is simple
Doom is dark and deeper than any sea-dingle
What’s in your mind, my dove, my coney
“O where are you going?” said reader to rider
Though aware of our rank and alert to obey orders
O Love, the interest itself in thoughtless Heaven
O what is that sound which so thrills the ear
Hearing of harvests rotting in the valleys
Out on the lawn I lie in bed
A shilling life will give you all the facts
Our hunting fathers told the story
Easily, my dear, you move, easily your head
The Summer holds: upon its glittering lake
Now through night’s caressing grip
O for doors to be open and an invite with gilded edges
Look, stranger, at this island now
Now the leaves are falling fast
Underneath the abject willow
Dear, though the night is gone
Fish in the unruffled lakes
Funeral Blues
Journey to Iceland
“O who can ever gaze his fill&#8221
Lay your sleeping head, my love
Miss Gee
Wrapped in a yielding air, beside
As I walked out one evening
O Tell Me the Truth About Love
In Time of War
The Capital
Muse� des Beaux Arts
Epitaph on a Tyrant
In Memory of W. B. Yeats
Refugee Blues
The Unknown Citizen
September 1, 1939
Law, say the gardeners, is the sun
In Memory of Sigmund Freud
Eyes look into the well
Lady, weeping at the crossroads
Song for St. Cecilia’s Day
The Quest
But I Can’t
In Sickness and in Health
Leap Before You Look
Jumbled in the common box
At the Grave of Henry James
Mundus et Infans
The Lesson
The Sea and the Mirror
Lament for a Lawgiver
Under Which Lyre
The Fall of Rome
In Praise of Limestone
A Household
A Walk After Dark
Memorial for the City
Under Sirius
Their Lonely Betters
Nocturne I
Fleet Visit
The Shield of Achilles
The Willow-Wren and the Stare
Epitaph for the Unknown Soldier
Nocturne II
Horae Canonicae
Homage to Clio
The Old Man’s Road
The Song
First Things First
The More Loving One
Friday’s Child
Good-bye to the Mezzogiorno
Dame Kind
A Change of Air
After Reading a Child’s Guide to Modern Physics
On the Circuit
Et in Arcadia Ego
Thanksgiving for a Habitat
Amor Loci
River Profile
Prologue at Sixty
Forty Years On
Ode to Terminus
August 1968
A New Year Greeting
Moon Landing
Old People’s Home
Talking to Myself
A Shock
A Lullaby
A Thanksgiving
Archaeology 3
A Note on the Text Explanatory
Index of Titles and First Lines
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