Lecture 22 - W. H. Auden

author: Langdon Hammer, Department of English, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: July 1, 2010,   recorded: April 2007,   views: 7095
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This lecture presents the early poetry of W.H. Auden. In "From the Very First Coming Down," Auden's relationship to the reader is considered, as well as the role of economy, truth, and morality in his poetics. The political Auden is examined in "Spain" and "September 1, 1939," along with his later practice of revising controversial poems. Finally, his interest in traditional forms, his vision of love, and his characteristic perspectivism, are explored in "This Lunar Beauty" and "As I Walked Out One Evening."

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W. H. Auden: "The Secret Agent," "This Lunar Beauty," "The Wanderer," "On This Island," Lullaby," "Spain," "As I Walked Out One Evening," "Musee des Beaux Arts," "In Memory of W. B. Yeats"; RIS: "Who stands, the crux...," "From the very first coming down...," "Doom is dark and deeper...," "Hearing of harvests rotting in the valleys..."

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Comment1 Tom, October 12, 2010 at 5:37 p.m.:


Comment2 Jez, April 3, 2011 at 7:43 a.m.:

AAAAA is right, this guy hasn't watched himself! ... if he did, he'd be shocked, i hope!

Comment3 Anthony Verombeck, January 17, 2012 at 9:40 p.m.:

Very good Lecture By.L.Hammer
Subject Poet=W.H.Auden
Thank you

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