poet Wystan Hugh Auden

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 immediately apparent, and he formed lifelong friendships with two fellow writers, Stephen Spender and Christopher Isherwood.

In 1928, Auden published his first book of verse, and his collection Poems, published in 1930, which established him as the leading voice of a new generation. Ever since, he has been admired for his unsurpassed ... more »

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  • steve reischling (8/27/2020 1:46:00 AM)

    Why isn't " Domesday Song" or " Doomsday Song" on this site? Why?

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  • Michael Walker (2/24/2020 9:23:00 PM)

    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 (8/7/2019 9:23:00 PM)

    I like Auden's 'Refugee Blues' very much.

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  • sairusi vakaloloma (2/20/2019 6:17:00 PM)

    very bright person...smart person

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  • Rupert Fanning-Goldsmith (3/25/2018 10:06:00 AM)

    Yes it's pedantic, but it's Christ Church, Oxford - there is no 's

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  • Bijay Kant Dubey (8/1/2017 12:32:00 PM)

    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 (4/23/2016 12:52:00 PM)

    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 (1/14/2015 7:52:00 AM)

    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 (6/15/2010 7:56:00 PM)

    I love the rhythm and use of language in Auden's poetry.

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Best Poem of Wystan Hugh Auden

September 1, 1939

I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:
Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives;
The unmentionable odour of death
Offends the September night.
Accurate scholarship can
Unearth the whole offence
From Luther until now
That has driven a culture mad,
Find what occurred at Linz
What huge imago made
A psychopathic god:
I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn, ...

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