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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.
"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.

Alone, alone, about the dreadful wood
Of conscious evil runs a lost mankind,
Dreading to find its Father.
A poet is a professional maker of verbal objects.
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.
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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