W. H. Auden

W.H.AudenW.H.Auden was a British poet and playwright.  He was born in York, England. He attended Christ Church Oxford. During his teens he got inspired by the poetic work of Thomas Hardy and Robert Frost. As a modern poet he introduced himself with his collection Poems in 1930. He is also known for his work as a playwright, editor and essayist. He is regarded as the greatest English poet belonging to the twentieth century. He has also served as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets (1954-1973). He has written on various types of themes including political influences, religious and spiritual themes.
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Born: February 21, 1907, York, United Kingdom
Full Name: Wystan Hugh Auden
Occupation: Poet
Died: September 29, 1973, Vienna, Austria
Books: The Age of Anxiety, Look, Stranger!, The Double Man, more
Influenced by: T. S. Eliot, Christopher Isherwood, John Donne, more

Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one.

It's frightening how easy it is to commit murder in America. Just a drink too much. I can see myself doing it. In England, one feels all the social restraints holding one back. But here, anything can happen.

No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived, but most of them wish they were the only one alive, and quite a number fondly believe their wish has been granted.

May it not be that, just as we have to have faith in Him, God has to have faith in us and, considering the history of the human race so far, may it not be that 'faith' is even more difficult for Him than it is for us?

All works of art are commissioned in the sense that no artist can create one by a simple act of will but must wait until what he believes to be a good idea for a work comes to him.

You know there are no secrets in America. It's quite different in England, where people think of a secret as a shared relation between two people.

Of all possible subjects, travel is the most difficult for an artist, as it is the easiest for a journalist.

Health is the state about which medicine has nothing to say.

Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.


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