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Auden, W. H.
Born: 1907-02-21
Died: 1973-09-29

US (English-born) critic & poet

Wystan Hugh Auden (1907 - 1973), English author, wrote a considerable body of criticism and essays, as well as co-authoring some drama with his friend Christopher Isherwood, but Auden is primarily known as a poet. Auden's work is characterized by exceptional variety, ranging from such rigorous traditional forms as the villanelle to entirely unstructured verse, as well as the technical and verbal skills Auden displayed regardless of form.

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No opera plot can be sensible, for in sensible situations people do not sing.
- W H Auden

If there are any of you at the back who do not hear me, please don't raise your hands because I am also nearsighted.
- W. H. Auden

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.
- W. H. Auden

One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
- W. H. Auden

Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
- W. H. Auden

We are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.
- W. H. Auden

To save your world you asked this man to die; Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?
- W. H. Auden

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.
- W.H. Auden

In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.
- W.H. Auden

What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.
- W. H. Auden

When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a room full of dukes.
- W. H. Auden

 


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