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W. H. Auden
(1907-1973) born on
Feb 21
English-US poet, dramatist, editor. He wrote passionately about social problems and post-WW I anxiety; won Pulitzer for verse "Age of Anxiety," 1948.
         
   
F
Man is a history-making creature who can neither repeat his past nor leave it behind.

R
I cannot accept the doctrine that in poetry there is a "suspension of belief." A poet must never make a statement simply because it is sounds poetically exciting; he must also believe it to be true.
A
Geniuses are the luckiest mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.
N
When one has great gifts, what answer to the meaning of existence should one require beyond the right to exercise them?
K
It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Dyer's Hand," 1963
R: "A Certain World," "Writing," 1970.
A: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
N: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
K: Foreword, "The Dyer's Hand," 1962.
   


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