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W. H. Auden

Read through the most famous quotes from W. H. Auden

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.

— W. H. Auden

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Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.

— W. H. Auden

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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

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Music is the best means we have of digesting time.

— W. H. Auden

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Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.

— W. H. Auden

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The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar and is shocked by the unexpected; the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel and is bored by repetition.

— W. H. Auden

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Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation, a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods.

— W. H. Auden

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No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.

— W. H. Auden

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A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.

— W. H. Auden

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If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving be me.

— W. H. Auden

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About W. H. Auden

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Did you know about W. H. Auden?

By the time of Auden's death in 1973 he had attained the status of a respected elder statesman. " Until he was fifteen he expected to become a mining engineer but his passion for words had already begun. His reconversion was influenced partly by what he called the "sainthood" of Charles Williams whom he had met in 1937 partly by reading Søren Kierkegaard and Reinhold Niebuhr; his existential this-worldly Christianity became a central element in his life.

After his death some of his poems notably "Funeral Blues" ("Stop all the clocks") "Musée des Beaux Arts" "Refugee Blues" "The Unknown Citizen" and "September 1 1939" became known to a much wider public than during his lifetime through films broadcasts and popular media. In the 1950s and 1960s many of his poems focused on the ways in which words revealed and concealed emotions and he took a particular interest in writing opera librettos a form ideally suited to direct expression of strong feelings. Wystan Hugh Auden (pron.

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