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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
The stars are dead; the animals will not look:
We are left alone with our day, and the time is short and
History to the defeated
May say Alas but cannot help or pardon.

R
The nightingales are sobbing in
The orchards of our mothers,
And hearts that we broke long ago
Have long been breaking others.
A
The critical opinions of a writer should always be taken with a large grain of salt. For the most part, they are manifestations of his debate with himself as to what he should do next and what he should avoid.
N
Precisely because we do not communicate by singing, a song can be out of place but not out of character; it is just as credible that a stupid person should sing beautifully as that a clever person should do so.
K
The actors today really need the whip hand. They're so lazy. They haven't got the sense of pride in their profession that the less socially elevated musical comedy and music hall people or acrobats have.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Spain 1937
R: The Sea and the Mirror, II, `Song of the Master and the Boatswain'
A: The Dyer's Hand, pt. 1, "Reading" (1962).
N: The Dyer's Hand, pt. 8, "Notes on Music and Opera" (1962).
K: The Table Talk of W. H. Auden, "November 16, 1946" (1990; comp. by Alan Ansen, ed. by Nicholas Jenkins).
   


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