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Hardcover, 61 pages
Published October 12th 1974 by Random House (first published 1974)
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 amapola
Il quotidiano e la memoria

“Shorts”: bagliori ironici, affettuosi, “minimi” di uno sguardo poetico che si fa quotidiano, familiare.

Se tra loro c'è vera fratellanza,
gli uomini non cantano all'unisono:
cantano in armonia.

L'Uomo deve infatuarsi
di Qualcuno o di Qualcosa,
altrimenti si ammala.

Nulla c'è che si possa amare troppo;
si può amare però qualunque cosa
in un modo sbagliato.




Il ricordo di un soggiorno natalizio a casa di amici nel Wiltshire si rinnova come memoria presente nell’intima “Grazie
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sigurd
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
in uno degli shorts qui inclusi, Auden, amante della natura, dei poeti campestri come Frost, e degli animali, si sofferma sull'insensibilità di questi ultimi alla musica. many creatures make nice noises, but none, it seems, are moved by music. ho pensato che una riflessione del genere (e la sua risoluzione) potesse accogliere una verità universale. quando siamo di fronte ai veri poeti, è così.
incompiuto, e credo inferiore alle sue raccolte precedenti, "Thank you, Fog", è un libro di poesie dove
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Jonfaith
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetshere
But I beg to remind you that, despite all that,
I, Death, still am and will always be Cosmocrat.


I began such in a Levantine buffet and finished it at home listening to Tchaikovsky. I certainly enjoyed this collection, Auden's last.
mwpm
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Grown used to New York weather,
all too familiar with Smog,
You, Her unsullied Sister,
I'd quite forgotten and what
You bring to British winters:
now native knowledge returns.

Sworn foe to festination,
daunter of drivers and planes,
volants, of course, will curse You,
but how delighted I am
that You've been lured to visit
Wiltshire's witching countryside
for a whole week at Christmas,
that no one can scurry where
my cosmos is contracted
to an ancient manor-house
and four Selves, joined in friendship,
Jimmy,
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aconeyisland
Beckoned anew to a World
where wishes alter nothing,
expelled from the padded cell
of Sleep and re-admitted
to involved Humanity,
again, as wrote Augustine,
I know that I am and will,
I am willing and knowing,
I will to be and to know,
facing in four directions,
outwards and inwards in Space,
observing and reflecting,
backwards and forwards through Time,
recalling and forecasting.

Richiamato in un Mondo
nel quale i desideri sono inutili,
cacciato dalla cella
imbottita del Sonno e riabbracciata
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Gavin Breeden
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I figured Auden's last book was a good place to start. This book did not disappoint. Auden's funny and serious. He's good with different types of verse. Death always seems to be lurking around the corner in these poems, but not in a dreary way. Some really good poems here.

"Let your last thinks all be thanks."
Chris J
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A highly enjoyable collection of poetry (published posthumously). This was my introduction to Auden and I would recommend him to novice poetry readers, such as myself. My favorite was the title poem, "Thank You, Fog," but there are many other gems: "Posthumous Letter to Gilbert White," "Shorts," "The Question" and "A Curse," to name a few.
Justin Labelle
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Lackluster and Dated.
Auden's poetry falls flat on most accounts.
A serious disappointment .
Perhaps the fog is actually his fame and it detracts from the inane, overtly light aspirations of this collection of poetry.
Mark
Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Not my favorite collection but still contains enough to satisfy.
Pat Edwards
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
worth it for the second poem, Aubade.
“I know that I am and will,
I am willing and knowing,
I will to be and to know,
facing in four directions,
outwards and inwards in Space,
observing and reflecting,
backwards and forwards through Time,
recalling and forecasting.”
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Shelves: poetry
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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 ...more
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“Nothing can be loved too much,
but all things can be loved
in the wrong way.”
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“Ladies and gentlemen, you have made most remarkable
Progress, and progress, I agree, is a boon;
You have built more automobiles than are parkable,
Crashed the sound-barrier, and may very soon
Be setting up juke-boxes on the Moon:
But I beg to remind you that, despite all that,
I, Death, still am and will always be Cosmocrat.

Still I sport with the young and daring; at my whim,
The climber steps upon the rotten boulder,
The undertow catches boys as they swim,
The speeder steers onto the slippery shoulder:
With others I wait until they are older
Before assigning, according to my humor,
To one a coronary, to one a tumor.

Liberal my views upon religion and race;
Tax-posture, credit-rating, social ambition
Cut no ice with me. We shall meet face to face,
Despite the drugs and lies of your physician,
The costly euphenisms of the mortician:
Westchester matron and Bowery bum,
Both shall dance with me when I rattle my drum.”
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