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W.H. Auden

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For who can bear to ...
W. H. AUDEN
It is... axiomatic that we should all think of ourselves as being more sensitive than other people b...
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One cannot walk through an assembly factory and not feel that one is in Hell.
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Funeral Blues


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The critical opinions of a writer should always be taken with a large grain of salt. For the most pa...
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Cancer is a curious thing...
Nobody knows what the cause is,
Though some pretend they do;
I...
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The Americans are violently oral. That's why in America the mother is all-important and the father h...
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Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation, a m...
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I cannot accept the doctrine that in poetry there is a suspension of belief. A poet must never make ...
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As a poet there is only one political duty, and that is to defend one's language against corruption....
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It takes little talent to see clearly what lies under one's nose, a good deal of it to know in whi...
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Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Pa...
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One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
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False enchantment can last a lifetime.
W. H. AUDEN
Commemoration of Cecile Isherwood, Founder of the Community of the Resurrection, Grahamstown, South ...
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All sins tend to be addictive, and the terminal point of addiction is damnation.
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A tremendous number of people in America work very hard at something that bores them. Even a rich ma...
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A poet can write about a man slaying a dragon, but not about a man pushing a button that releases a ...
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A doctor, like anyone else who has to deal with human beings, each of them unique, cannot be a scien...
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The nightingales are sobbing in / The orchards of our mothers, / And hearts that we broke long ago /...
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'In headaches and in worry Vaguely life leaks away,And Time will have his fancy To-morrow or to-day.
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lay your faithless head upon my arm
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God bless the USA, so large, so friendly, and so rich.
WYSTAN HUGH AUDEN
I sit in one of the dives On Fifty-Second Street Uncertain and afraid As the clever hopes expire Of ...
W. H. AUDEN
O for doors to be open and an invite with gilded edges / To dine with Lord Lobcock and Count Asthma.
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Before people complain of the obscurity of modern poetry, they should first examine their conscience...
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Sob, heavy world Sob as you spin, Mantled in mist Remote from the happy.
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Pleasure is by no means an infallible guide, but it is the least fallible.
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It's a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about ...
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If time were the wicked sheriff in a horse opera, I'd pay for riding lessons and take his gun aw...
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We are not commanded (or forbidden) to love our mates, our children, our friends, our country becaus...
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We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.
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My deepest feeling about politicians is that they are dangerous lunatics to be avoided when possible...
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Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, th...
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All poets adore explosions, thunderstorms, tornadoes, conflagrations, ruins, scenes of spectacular c...
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Of course, behaviorism works. So does torture. Give me a no-nonsense, down-to-earth behaviorist, a f...
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Proper names are poetry in the raw. Like all poetry they are untranslatable.
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I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in...
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My face looks like a wedding-cake left out in the rain.
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