Wystan Hugh Auden

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Born in York, England, in 1907, he moved to Birmingham with his family during his childhood and was educated at Christ's Church, Oxford. As a young man he was influenced by the poetry of Thomas Hardy and Robert Frost, as well as William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Old English verse. At Oxford his precocity as a poet was immed ...
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Funeral Blues
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
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Cocaine Lil And Morphine Sue
Did you ever hear about Cocaine Lil?
She lived in Cocaine town on Cocaine hill,
She had a cocaine dog and a cocaine cat,
They fought all night with a cocaine rat.
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September 1, 1939
I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
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4.
A Walk After Dark
A cloudless night like this
Can set the spirit soaring:
After a tiring day
The clockwork spectacle is
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Stop All The Clocks, Cut Off The Telephone
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
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steve reischling 27 August 2020
Why isn't " Domesday Song" or " Doomsday Song" on this site? Why?
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Michael Walker 24 February 2020
I would like to see Auden's haunting ballad 'Refugee Blues' on Poem Hunter. Auden's best poems are first class. He wrote very ordinary poems too.
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Michael Walker 07 August 2019
I like Auden's 'Refugee Blues' very much.
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sairusi vakaloloma 20 February 2019
very bright person...smart person
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Yes it's pedantic, but it's Christ Church, Oxford - there is no 's
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Bijay Kant Dubey 01 August 2017
Who has not heard the name of Auden? Auden is definitely one of the stalwarts of the post-fifties, the post-war period with a reading of his own, a poet of the Age of Anxiety full of bewilderment, loss of lives and human casualty rarely felt and expressed elsewhere. With his base rooted in socialism, Freudian psychoanalysis and Leftism, he went his way alone writing with technical expertise, inducting the commonly speech and others.
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Ray Burleigh 23 April 2016
What a wonderful gesture, that although he is not here (due to copywriter laws?) he is still here. Go find his magnificent poems, they are everywhere. My personal favorite is...in memory of William Butler Yates. RB
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Dmitry Garanin 14 January 2015
How Auden can be rated within 500 top poets having no poems at all at this site (due to Copyright) . As users cannot rate poems, is his rating assigned by the admin?
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Wu Xian Gao Lin 15 June 2010
I love the rhythm and use of language in Auden's poetry.
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