W. H. Auden Selected Poems

ISBN-10: 0679724834

ISBN-13: 9780679724834

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This edition presents the original versions of many poems, which Auden revised to conform to his evolving political and literary attitudes later in his career. In this volume, Edward Mendelson has restored the early versions of some thirty poems generally considered to be superior to the later versions, allowing the reader to see the entire range of Auden's work. Selected and edited by Edward Mendelson
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List price: $13.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/16/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
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.

Prefacep. ix
Who stands, the crux left of the watershedp. 1
From the very first coming downp. 2
Control of the passes was, he saw, the keyp. 3
Taller to-day, we remember similar eveningsp. 3
Watch any day his nonchalant pauses, seep. 4
Will you turn a deaf earp. 5
Sir, no man's enemy, forgiving allp. 7
It was Easter as I walked in the public gardensp. 7
Since you are going to begin to-dayp. 12
Consider this and in our timep. 14
This lunar beautyp. 16
To ask the hard question is simplep. 17
Doom is dark and deeper than any sea-dinglep. 18
What's in your mind, my dove, my coneyp. 19
"O where are you going?" said reader to riderp. 20
Though aware of our rank and alert to obey ordersp. 20
O Love, the interest itself in thoughtless Heavenp. 25
O what is that sound which so thrills the earp. 26
Hearing of harvests rotting in the valleysp. 28
Out on the lawn I lie in bedp. 29
A shilling life will give you all the factsp. 32
Our hunting fathers told the storyp. 33
Easily, my dear, you move, easily your headp. 33
The Summer holds: upon its glittering lakep. 36
Now through night's caressing gripp. 41
O for doors to be open and an invite with gilded edgesp. 42
Look, stranger, at this island nowp. 43
Now the leaves are falling fastp. 43
Dear, though the night is gonep. 44
Casinop. 45
Journey to Icelandp. 46
"O who can ever gaze his fill"p. 48
Lay your sleeping head, my lovep. 50
Spainp. 51
Orpheusp. 55
Miss Geep. 55
Wrapped in a yielding air, besidep. 59
As I walked out one eveningp. 60
Oxfordp. 63
In Time of Warp. 64
The Capitalp. 78
Musee des Beaux Artsp. 79
Epitaph on a Tyrantp. 80
In Memory of W. B. Yeatsp. 80
Refugee Bluesp. 83
The Unknown Citizenp. 85
September 1, 1939p. 86
Law, say the gardeners, is the sunp. 89
In Memory of Sigmund Freudp. 91
Lady, weeping at the crossroadsp. 95
Song for St. Cecilia's Dayp. 96
The Questp. 99
But I Can'tp. 110
In Sickness and in Healthp. 111
Jumbled in the common boxp. 115
Atlantisp. 116
At the Grave of Henry Jamesp. 119
Mundus et Infansp. 123
The Lessonp. 125
The Sea and the Mirrorp. 127
Noonp. 175
Lament for a Lawgiverp. 176
Under Which Lyrep. 178
The Fall of Romep. 183
In Praise of Limestonep. 184
Songp. 187
A Walk After Darkp. 188
Memorial for the Cityp. 190
Under Siriusp. 195
Fleet Visitp. 197
The Shield of Achillesp. 198
The Willow-Wren and the Starep. 200
Nocturnep. 201
Bucolicsp. 202
Horae Canonicaep. 216
Homage to Cliop. 232
First Things Firstp. 236
The More Loving Onep. 237
Friday's Childp. 237
Good-bye to the Mezzogiornop. 239
Dame Kindp. 242
Youp. 245
After Reading a Child's Guide to Modern Physicsp. 246
On the Circuitp. 248
Et in Arcadia Egop. 250
Thanksgiving for a Habitatp. 252
Epithalamiump. 278
Fairgroundp. 280
River Profilep. 282
Prologue at Sixtyp. 284
Forty Years Onp. 287
Ode to Terminusp. 289
August 1968p. 291
A New Year Greetingp. 292
Moon Landingp. 294
Old People's Homep. 295
Talking to Myselfp. 296
A Lullabyp. 299
A Thanksgivingp. 300
Archaeologyp. 302
A Note on the Textp. 305
Index of Titles and First Linesp. 307
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