W. H. Auden (2413 words)

  • Michael O'Neill (University of Durham)
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W. H. Auden, one of the very greatest twenteth-century English poets, was born in York in 1907. His father George was a doctor, who would become School Medical Officer and Professor of Public Health in Birmingham. His mother Constance was a nurse, musical and religious in a High Church fashion that left its mark on later Auden's self-ironizing love of verbal and intellectual display (“Mother wouldn't like it”, he would say in middle age); when he was eight, she taught him the words and music of the great love-potion scene in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde, so that they could sing the duet (Auden was Isolde). After school at St Edmund's, Hindhead, Surrey (1915-20) where he met Christopher Isherwood, and Gresham's School, Holt, …

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O'Neill, Michael. "W. H. Auden". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2001
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5107, accessed 18 February 2018.]

Articles on Auden's works

  1. A Bride in the 30's
  2. A Summer Night
  3. Another Time
  4. As I Walked Out One Evening
  5. Casino
  6. Fish in the unruffled lakes
  7. Funeral Blues
  8. In Praise of Limestone
  9. Lay your sleeping head, my love
  10. Letter to Lord Byron
  11. Look, stranger, at this island now
  12. Look, Stranger!
  13. May with its light behaving
  14. Musée des Beaux Arts
  15. Night Mail
  16. O What Is That Sound
  17. September I, 1939
  18. The Collected Poetry

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