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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.
The train, panting up past lonely farms,
Fed by the fireman's restless arms . . .
Past cotton grass and moorland boulder,
Shoveling white steam over her shoulder.

There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.
The glacier knocks in the cupboard,
The desert sighs in the bed,
And the crack in the tea-cup opens
A lane to the land of the dead.
Rhymes, meters, stanza forms, etc., are like servants. If the master is fair enough to win their affection and firm enough to command their respect, the result is an orderly happy household. If he is too tyrannical, they give notice . . .
The true men of action in our time, those who transform the world, are not the politicians and statesmen, but the scientists. Unfortunately, poetry cannot celebrate them, because their deeds are concerned with things, not persons. . .
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Quoted by Melvin Maddocks "The Case for the Train With Feeling" "Christian Science Monitor," 24 Mar 80
R: September 1, 1939
A: One Evening
N: The Dyer's Hand, pt. 1, "Writing" (1962).
K: The Dyer's Hand."

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