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Auden: Poems

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The Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover series is popular for its compact size and reasonable price which does not compromise content. Poems: Auden is just another reminder of his exhilarating lyric power and his understanding of love and longing in all their sacred and profane guises. One of English poetry's great 20th century masters, Poems: Auden is the short coll ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 10th 1995 by Everyman's Library
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Ccmaria62
A slice of Auden:

Vintage
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Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crêpe bows round the white necks of the public
doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.


He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk,
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Susan Barsy
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I enjoyed carrying this small volume with me on the train and reading a poem or two during my daily commute. I am not an expert on Auden, but I enjoyed the range of poems in this slender collection: some funny, some sweet, some ominous, some startlingly candid, and many peculiarly mysterious (may be true of much good poetry?)

I particularly liked the poem about the death of Yeats, and one called "A Summer Night."

Although the late Auden is the one most vividly preserved in American consciousness,
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Marc
W.H. Auden, that's quite a name in poetry. I expected a lot of this anthology, but it was disappointing. Auden is a very versatile poet, that's for sure: he had a long carrier, and went through an interesting evolution. His work shows a great diversity of theme's and of poetic techniques. But, nevertheless, I wasn't appealed by it; especially the longer poems seemed to be tedious. Of course, there are some beauties (the classic "funeral blues" for instance, or the witty "archeology"). Perhaps my ...more
Emily
One of my favorites:

AUTUMN SONG

Now the leaves are falling fast,
Nurse's flowers will not last,
Nurses to their graves are gone,
But the prams go rolling on.

Whispering neighbors left and right
Daunt us from our true delight,
Able hands are forced to freeze
Derelict on lonely knees.

Close behind us on our track,
Dead in hundreds cry Alack,
Arms raised stiffly to reprove
In false attitudes of love.

Scrawny through a plundered wood,
Trolls run scolding for their food,
Owl and nightingale are dumb,
And the angel w
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Alejandro Teruel
An interesting selection of Audens poetry by his literary executor Edward Mendelson. Audens poetry has been divided into an early period (1930-1940), a middle period (1940-1960) and a later period extending to his death in 1973 and including several poems published posthumously. This book includes poems from his early period such as:
This lunar beauty
On this Island
Night Mail
Funeral Blues
The Dream
Casino
Dover
Musée de Beaux Arts
As He Is
In Memory of W. B. Yeats
The Unknown Citizen
Law Like Love
In Memor
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Andrew
Auden can be beautiful, delightful, ponderous, and haunting. About 70% of the collection in the Everyman's Library Pocket Poets edition [hand-sized, 256 pages] is easily accessible and enjoyable without contextualizing aids. I understand the publisher's concerns about book size and "pocketability," but I wish this edition included the poems' individual publication dates, if not a brief biographical timeline. Surely this would have only required another five or ten pages?
Kristian Brockmann
One of my favourite poets, with beautiful verse on love and life' s dilemmas.

Taller Today

Taller today we remember similar evenings,
Walking together in the windless orchard.
Where the brook runs over the gravel,
Far from the glacier.
...

A beautiful work by a master. And I particularly like a verse extolling marriage. "Place a gold ring on her finger, and hold her close to your heart..." from "Carry her Over the Water." Also wonderful are Funeral Blues, an insight from a Chinese friend teaching Engli
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Braeden Udy
Maybe I don't understand the brilliance of all his poetry, but there is some mighty gorgeous stuff there. Notables are "Funeral Blues" and "Johnny."
emm
Great poetry. Full of feeling and ideas.
Kelly Kelly
I have come back to this book several times in my years and I never tire of it. It is a wonderful accumulation of Auden's work and I always thoroughly enjoy it during a bubble bath - which happens once in a blue moon!
Tangerine
There are some keepers in here. Some poems are harder to understand than others unless you know the words and references or are able to look them up. Overall, a good read. Very imaginative poems.
Judy
Love love love! Hilarious, touching, great poetry! Auden is amazing.
David
What can I say? A little Auden brightens one's day.
jon
Auden is awesome! This is a fine collection.
Pam
Great poetry. I enjoyed it!
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“Lovers of small numbers go benignly potty,
Believe all tales are thirteen chapters long,
Have animal doubles, carry pentagrams,
Are Millerites, Baconians, Flat-Earth-Men.

Lovers of big numbers go horribly mad,
would have the Swiss abolished, all of us
Well-purged, somatotyped, baptised, taught baseball:
They empty bars, spoil parties, run for Congress.”
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“My second thoughts condemn
And wonder how I dare
To look you in the eye.
What right have I to swear
Even at one a.m.
To love you till I die?

Earth meets too many crimes
For fibs to interest her;
If I can give my word,
Forgiveness can recur
Any number of times
In Time. Which is absurd.

Tempus fugit. Quite.
So finish up your drink.
All flesh is grass. It is.
But who on earth can think
With heavy heart or light
Of what will come of this?”
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