WH Auden

Base Words Are Uttered - Poem by WH Auden

Base words are uttered only by the base
And can for such at once be understood,
But noble platitudes:--ah, there's a case
Where the most careful scrutiny is needed
To tell a voice that's genuinely good
From one that's base but merely has succeeded.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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