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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
"God is Love," we are taught as children to believe. But when we first begin to get some inkling of how He loves us, we are repelled; it seems so cold, indeed, not love at all as we understand the word.

R
Alone, alone, about the dreadful wood
Of conscious evil runs a lost mankind,
Dreading to find its Father.
A
A poet is a professional maker of verbal objects.
N
A tremendous number of people in America work very hard at something that bores them. Even a rich man thinks he has to go down to the office everyday. Not because he likes it but because he can't think of anything else to do.
K
A man has his distinctive personal scent which his wife, his children and his dog can recognize. A crowd has a generalized stink. The public is odorless.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: A Certain World, "God" (1970).
R: For the Time Being," 'Chorus'
A: In "Newsweek," 29 Jan 68
N: The Table Talk of W. H. Auden, "November 16, 1946" (comp. by Alan Ansen, ed. by Nicholas Jenkins, 1990).
K: The Dyer's Hand, pt. 2, "The Poet and the City" (1962).
   


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