The English Auden: poems, essays, and dramatic writings, 1927-1939
All of Auden's books of poems from the 1930s, including previously unpublished poems, are augmented by selections from his essays, reviews, film scripts, and stage and radio plays of the same period
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Great collection, in which you can see Auden's growth from a fairly dull symbolist/modernist type to something much more interesting, as his poetry gains in both clarity and depth. Personal favorites are XXI, XXVI and XXXVII from 1938-39; XVII from 1933, XXIV and XXV from 1929, and especially sonnet XXV from the sequence 'In Time of War: Nothing is given: we must find our law. Great buildings jostle in the sun for domination Behind them stretch like sorry vegetation The low recessive houses of the poor. We have no destiny assigned us: Nothing is certain but the body; we plan To better ourselves; the hospitals alone remind us Of the equality of man. Children are really loved here, even by police: They speak of years before the big were lonely And will be lost. And only The brass bands throbbing in the parks foretell Some future reign of happiness and peace. We learn to pity and rebel.
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Among pelagian travelers, Lost on their lewd conceited way To Massachusetts, Michigan, Miami or LA, An airborne instrument I sit, Predestined nightly to fulfill Columbia-Giesen-Management's Unfath ...
Bones wrenched weak whimper lids wrinkled
Who stands the crux left of the watershed
The crowing of the cock
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