Tell Me the Truth about Love: Fifteen Poems

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Faber, 1998 - Poetry - 39 pages
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This is a collection of 15 love poems and cabaret songs written in the 1930s by W.H. Auden, including Funeral Blues, which featured in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral.

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User Review  - the.ken.petersen - LibraryThing

This collection of Auden's poems is perhaps not the greatest but, it is, in the main, Auden at his most cheerful: a welcome antidote to the Davenport-Hines biography which I read alongside this ... Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

I discovered Auden through one of my favorite quotes 'Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh'. WH Auden Now ... Read full review

About the author (1998)

W. H. Auden, who was born in York, England, on February 21, 1907, is one of the most successful and well-known poets of the 20th century. Educated at Oxford, Auden served in the Spanish Civil War, which greatly influenced his work. He also taught in public schools in Scotland and England during the 1930s. It was during this time that he rose to public fame with such works as "Paid on Both Sides" and "The Orators." Auden eventually immigrated to the United States, becoming a citizen in 1946. It was in the U.S. that he met his longtime partner Chester Kallman. Stylistically, Auden was known for his incomparable technique and his linguistic innovations. The term Audenesque became an adjective to describe the contemporary sounding speech reflected in his poems. Auden's numerous awards included a Bollingen Prize in Poetry, A National Book Award for "The Shield of Achilles," a National Medal for Literature from the National Book Committee, and a Gold Medal from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Numerous volumes of his poetry remain available today, including "About the House" and "City Without Walls." W.H. Auden died on September 28, 1973 in Vienna.

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