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Stephen Spender
(1909-1995) born on
Sep 28
English poet, critic. His poems expressing the politically conscience-stricken, leftist "new writing" of the 1930s period.
         
   
F
When a child, my dreams rode on your wishes,
I was your son, high on your horse,
My mind a top whipped by the lashes
Of your rhetoric, windy of course.

R
Moments that can never happen again and never lost their wonder.
A
Who live under the shadow of a war,
What can I do that matters?
N
People sometimes divide others into those you laugh at and those you laugh with. The young Auden was someone you could laugh-at-with.
K
I'm struggling at the end to get out of the valley of hectoring youth, journalistic middle age, imposture, moneymaking, public relations, bad writing, mental confusion.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: On his father, from "The Public Son of a Public Man," quoted in "Time," 20 Jan 86
R: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
A: Who Live under the Shadow."
N: Address, W. H. Auden's memorial service, Oxford, 27 Oct 1973
K: On turning 70, "Journals 1939-83," Random House 86, quoted by R Z Sheppard "Time," 20 Jan 86
   


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