W.H. Auden





W.H. Auden

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born
in York, England, The United Kingdom
February 21, 1907

died
September 29, 1973

gender
male

genre

influences
Icelandic Sagas


About this author

Wystan Hugh Auden who signed his works W. H. Auden, was an Anglo-American poet, born in England, later an American citizen, regarded by many as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. His work is noted for its stylistic and technical achievements, its engagement with moral and political issues, and its variety of tone, form and content. The central themes of his poetry are love, politics and citizenship, religion and morals, and the relationship between unique human beings and the anonymous, impersonal world of nature.

Auden published about four hundred poems, including seven long poems (two of them book-length). His poetry was encyclopedic in scope and method, ranging in style from obscure twentieth-century modernism to the lucid t...more


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Selected Poems
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 3,864 ratings — published 1958 — 13 editions
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Collected Poems
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 3,510 ratings — published 1945 — 11 editions
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Tell Me the Truth about Love
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 298 ratings — published 1976 — 8 editions
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Auden: Poems
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 183 ratings
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As I Walked Out One Evening...
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 193 ratings3 editions
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The Dyer's Hand
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 180 ratings — published 1962 — 6 editions
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Collected Shorter Poems, 19...
4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 136 ratings — published 1966 — 7 editions
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The Sea and the Mirror: A C...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 92 ratings — published 2001 — 3 editions
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The Portable Romantic Poets...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 77 ratings — published 1950 — 6 editions
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Letters from Iceland
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 80 ratings — published 1937 — 7 editions
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More books by W.H. Auden…
“We must love one another or die”
W.H. Auden

“Poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings.”
W.H. Auden, New Year Letter

“The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.”
W.H. Auden, Selected Poems

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