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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.
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.

And none will hear the postman's knock
Without a quickening of the heart.
For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead.
And on the issue of their charm depended
A land laid waste, with all its young men slain,
The women weeping, and its towns in terror.
Before people complain of the obscurity of modern poetry, they should first examine their consciences and ask themselves with how many people and on how many occasions they have genuinely and profoundly shared some experience with another.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In NY "Times," 9 Oct 60
R: Night Mail.
A: In NY "Times," 7 Aug 71
N: In Time of War, xix
K: In "Newsweek," 17 Mar 58

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