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The English Auden: Poems, Essays and Dramatic Writings, 1927-1939

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'This volume restores Auden to us complete and unrevised... The reader recaptures the excitement of a young poet who struck readers first by the austere saga-like strangeness of his poetry, and then by his intoxication with disruptive, uninhibited ideas. The English Auden is the resurrection of the body of the poetry as it existed in England between 1927 and 1939.'-Stephen ...more
Paperback, 492 pages
Published August 1st 1988 by Faber & Faber (first published January 12th 1978)
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Justin Evans
Nov 26, 2009 Justin Evans rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-and-drama
Great collection, in which you can see Auden's growth from a fairly dull symbolist/modernist type to something much more interesting, as his poetry gains in both clarity and depth. Personal favorites are XXI, XXVI and XXXVII from 1938-39; XVII from 1933, XXIV and XXV from 1929, and especially sonnet XXV from the sequence 'In Time of War:

Nothing is given: we must find our law.
Great buildings jostle in the sun for
domination
Behind them stretch like sorry vegetation
The low recessive houses of the
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Jan 30, 2014 Richard Epstein rated it it was amazing
This is the easiest way to read the unrevised Auden, before second thoughts and idiosyncratic scruples edited away beloved (if fruitful of argument) lines. The most obvious example is in the Yeats elegy, where we still get,

Time that is intolerant
Of the brave and the innocent,
And indifferent in a week
To a beautiful physique,

Worships language and forgives
Everyone by whom it lives;
Pardons cowardice, conceit,
Lays its honours at their feet.

Time that with this strange excuse
Pardoned Kipling and his vi
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Wystan Hugh Auden was an Anglo-American poet, best known for love poems such as Funeral Blues, poems on political and social themes such as September 1, 1939 and The Shield of Achilles, poems on cultural and psychological themes such as The Age of Anxiety, and poems on religious themes such as For the Time Being and Horae Canonicae. He was born in York, grew up in and near Birmingham in a professi ...more
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