W. H. Auden: Nones (2096 words)


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Nones (1951) is a volume of thirty-one poems by W. H. Auden, the first new collection of his shorter poems to appear in the post-war period. It is the work of a poet lately transformed in identity, by now an explicitly Christian writer since 1941 and a US citizen since 1946. Nones first appeared in America on Auden’s 44th birthday, 21 February, to be followed a year later by a British edition. The book gathers poems that Auden had written between 1947 and 1950, along with the earlier “Under Which Lyre” (1946), making it a distinctively post-war collection that apprehensively surveys a damaged world. Most of its poems had previously appeared in magazines on either side of the Atlantic, but …

Citation: Baldick, Chris. "Nones". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 August 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=3235, accessed 22 April 2021.]

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