W. H. Auden

  • Dec. 14th, 2012 at 1:01 AM
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In Breughel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.

W. H. Auden

  • Feb. 20th, 2012 at 8:42 PM
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Poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings.

W. H. Auden

  • May. 1st, 2011 at 3:33 PM
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Poetry makes nothing happen.

W. H. Auden

  • Dec. 10th, 2010 at 2:53 AM
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Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.

W. H. Auden

  • Nov. 27th, 2010 at 7:45 PM
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Our sufferings and weaknesses, in so far as they are personal, are of no literary interest whatsoever.  They are only interesting in so far as we can see them as typical of the human condition.

W. H. Auden

  • Aug. 31st, 2010 at 11:09 PM
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A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.

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