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Auden Personal Historical Context

Auden Personal Historical Context

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English notes on W.H Auden and his context
English notes on W.H Auden and his context

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Published by: Ezio Auditore da Firenze on Aug 04, 2013
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W.H Auden (1907
Born in York, England
The youngest of three sons of a professor of public health and a nurse
Both his parents loved books and his two grandfathers were ministers of the Anglican church
Midlands’ industrial landscape of Auden’s boyhood became the background of much of 
his poetry
Machinery, mining and metallurgy fascinated him, however, the themes of personalrelationships, love, hatred, family conflicts, alienation and psychosomatic illness preoccupiedhis earlier work
In 1925, Auden entered Christ Church, Oxford
There he formed a group with Stephen, Cecil Day Lewis and Christopher Isherwoodknown as the Auden circle
They collaborated on poetry and enjoyed similar interests
In the 1930s, he moved by contemporary politics and travelled widely
to Germany,Scotland, Iceland, Spain, China.
However, he became sceptical about the power of poetry to affect men’s political destinies
He said “You can write an anti
war poem, but you don’t stop Hitler”
In 1934 he married Erika Mann, daughter of the great writer, Thomas Mann
It was more of a marriage of convenience
arranged so that Miss Mann would haveBritish nationality and would not be stateless when the Nazis cancelled her Germancitizenship
In 1939 he took up permanent residence in the United States and became an Americancitizen in 1946
He thereby lost his chance of becoming laureate poet of his native country
The idea of choice and free will, the spiritual predicament of modern man, became thecentral concerns of his thinking that led to his recommitment to Christianity and the Anglo-Catholic Church he had earlier repudiated.
From 1956
1961 he was elected Professor of Poetry in Oxford
He died in the Austrian capital at the age of 66
’s literary talents were universally acclaimed and recognized
They were also diverse
essayist, playwright, librettist, teacher, editor, translator, poet.
He was often called the greatest living poet of the English language and one of the mostprolific
He was a social poet
concerned, erudite, sincere, cynical
not a personal, intense, emotivepoet who touches the heart

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