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Selected Poems by W.H. Auden
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May 31, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: poetry
Recommended for: people who like short poems, people who like the poem just transcribed

These weren't great, but they were better than most because they were short. I don't understand what it means to be political anymore, and if it's anything like what I think its means, i don't want any part of it. And what a political poet is I have no clue, but Auden usually gets that rap when he isn't being dismissed as being just another lyrical Romanticist gay poet. But what gay poet isn't Romantic? Anyway, here is far and away my favorite poem in this collection and definitely the only one I liked all the way through (and I just now noticed the AA BB rhyme scheme):

The More Loving One

Looking up at the stars, I know quite well
that, for all they care, I can go to hell.
But on Earth indifference is the least
we have to dread from man or beast.

How should we like it were stars to burn
with a passion for us we could not return?
If equal affection cannot be,
let the more loving one be me.

Admirer as I think I am
of stars that do not give a damn,
I cannot, now I see them, say
I missed one terribly all day.

Were all stars to disappear or die,
i should learn to look at an empty sky
and feel its total dark sublime,
though this might take me a little time.
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