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W. H. Auden (1907-73) came to prominence in the 1930s among a generation of outspoken poets that included his friends Louis MacNeice, Stephen Spender and C. Day Lewis. But he was also an intimate and lyrical poet of great originality, and a master craftsman of some of the most cherished and influential poems of the past century.

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Hardcover, Faber 80th Anniversary, 112 pages
Published May 7th 2009 by Faber & Faber (first published September 14th 1998)
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GONZA
Jun 11, 2014 GONZA rated it liked it
Alla fine il segreto viene fuori

Alla fine il segreto viene fuori,
come deve succedere ogni volta,
è matura la deliziosa storia
da raccontare all'amico del cuore;
davanti al tè fumante e nella piazza
la lingua ottiene quello che voleva;
le acque chete corrono profonde,
mio caro, non cè fumo senza fuoco.
Dietro il morto in fondo al serbatoio,
dietro il fantasma sul prato del golf,
dietro la dama che ama il ballo e dietro
il signore che beve come un matto,
sotto l'aspetto affaticato,
l'attacco di emicrania e il
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Lucy
Jan 05, 2016 Lucy rated it it was ok
From the Introduction:
'The complexities of his thinking and the range of his reading sometimes present syntactic and conceptual hurdles to the reader'. You can say that again. There were a lot of these poems where I simply did not understand what he meant, but he is so well thought of that I suppose that says more about me than him. I think I want a bit more warmth to my poetry, though.
Matthew
Feb 18, 2014 Matthew rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
A very nice selection. Because of the size that Faber & Faber have allowed for these poetry selections Fuller has had an unenviable job in slimming down such a prolific poet's work into such a slight collection. This makes the collection feel sort of 'personal', making the glaring omissions (As I Walked Out One Evening?!) understandable. But of course this isn't a Best Of Auden album.
Leo Mercer
Apr 19, 2014 Leo Mercer rated it really liked it
Seems like a pretty darn good range from all throughout Audens life, so if you want to get to know a reasonably sized bunch of his poems, I'd recommend this. I know a lot of people who love Auds poetry: personally I find it best when it's more philosophical, but when it's more metrical and rhymey, it doesn't work for me.
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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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