W. H. Auden (Writer)

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#10454 W. H. Auden

Put the car away; when life fails What's the good of going to Wales? Here am I, here are you: But what does it mean? What are we going to do? .

W. H. Auden Quotes about life
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To ask the hard question is simple, The simple act of the confused will. .

W. H. Auden Quotes about will
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Dedication to Christopher Isherwood .

W. H. Auden Quotes about cat
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Let us honour if we can The vertical man Though we value none But the horizontal one. .

W. H. Auden Quotes about man
#10458 W. H. Auden

I am beginning to lose patience With my personal relations. They are not deep And they are not cheap. .

W. H. Auden Quotes about patience
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Look, stranger, on this island now The leaping light for your delight discovers, .

W. H. Auden Quotes about light
#10460 W. H. Auden

Now the leaves are falling fast, Nurse's flowers will not last; Nurses to their graves are gone, And the prams go rolling on. .

W. H. Auden Quotes about will
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Cold, impossible, ahead Lifts the mountain's lovely head Whose white waterfall could bless Travellers in their last distress. .

W. H. Auden Quotes about love
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Written with .

W. H. Auden Quotes about wit
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Acts of injustice done Between the setting and the rising sun In history lie like bones, each one. .

W. H. Auden Quotes about history
#10464 W. H. Auden

First version written 1936, final version 1938; also known as "Stop all the clocks" - .

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#10465 W. H. Auden

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone. Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. .

W. H. Auden Quotes about wit
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He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong. .

W. H. Auden Quotes about love
#10467 W. H. Auden

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one, Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun, Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods; For nothing now can ever come to any good. .

W. H. Auden Quotes about man
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Written January 1937; also known as Lullaby. .

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#10469 W. H. Auden

Lay your sleeping head, my love Human on my faithless arm; Time and fevers burn away Individual beauty from Thoughtful children, and the grave Proves the child ephemeral; But in my arms till break of day Let the living creature lie: Mortal, guilty, but to me The entirely beautiful. .

W. H. Auden Quotes about love
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Written March 1937 .

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And the poor in their fireless lodgings, dropping the sheets Of the evening paper: "Our day is our loss, O show us History the operator, the Organiser, Time the refreshing river." And the nations combine each cry, invoking the life That shapes the individual belly and orders The private nocturnal terror: "Did you not found the city state of the sponge, "Raise the vast military empires of the shark And the tiger, establish the robin's plucky canton? Intervene. Descend as a dove or A furious papa or a mild engineer, but descend." .

W. H. Auden Quotes about life
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On that arid square, that fragment nipped off from hot Africa, soldered so crudely to inventive Europe; On that tableland scored by rivers, Our thoughts have bodies; the menacing shapes of our fever Are precise and alive. For the fears which made us respond To the medicine ad and the brochure of winter cruises Have become invading battalions; And our faces, the institute-face, the chain-store, the ruin Are projecting their greed as the firing squad and the bomb. Madrid is the heart. Our moments of tenderness blossom As the ambulance and the sandbag; Our hours of friendship into a people's army. .

W. H. Auden Quotes about fear
#10473 W. H. Auden

To-morrow the rediscovery of romantic love, The photographing of ravens; all the fun under Liberty's masterful shadow; To-morrow the hour of the pageant-master and the musician, The beautiful roar of the chorus under the dome; To-morrow the exchanging of tips on the breeding of terriers, The eager election of chairmen By the sudden forest of hands. But to-day the struggle. To-morrow for the young the poets exploding like bombs, The walks by the lake, the weeks of perfect communion; To-morrow the bicycle races Through the suburbs on summer evenings. But to-day the struggle. .

W. H. Auden Quotes about love
#10474 W. H. Auden

The stars are dead. The animals will not look. We are left alone with our day, and the time is short, andHistory to the defeated May say Alas but cannot help nor pardon. .

W. H. Auden Quotes about time
#10475 W. H. Auden

Written November 1937 .

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#10476 W. H. Auden

I'll love you, dear, I'll love you Till China and Africa meet, And the river jumps over the mountain And the salmon sing in the street, I'll love you till the ocean Is folded and hung up to dry And the seven stars go squawking Like geese about the sky. .

W. H. Auden Quotes about love
#10477 W. H. Auden

'O plunge your hands in water, Plunge them in up to the wrist; Stare, stare in the basin And wonder what you've missed. 'The glacier knocks in the cupboard, The desert sighs in the bed, And the crack in the tea-cup opens A lane to the land of the dead.'Lines 37-44 .

W. H. Auden Quotes about sin
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Written December 1938 .

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#10479 W. H. Auden

About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters. .

W. H. Auden Quotes about suffering
#10480 W. H. Auden

They never forgot That even the most dreadful martyrdom must run its course Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer's horse Scratches its innocent behind on a tree. Lines 9-13 .

W. H. Auden Quotes about life
#10481 W. H. Auden

Written January 1939 .

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#10482 W. H. Auden

When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter, And when he cried the little children died in the streets. .

W. H. Auden Quotes about children
#10483 W. H. Auden

Written February 1939 .

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