Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Save to My Library
Look up keyword
Like this
0Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Auden Personal Historical Context

Auden Personal Historical Context

Ratings: (0)|Views: 85|Likes:
English notes on W.H Auden and his context
English notes on W.H Auden and his context

More info:

Categories:Types, School Work
Published by: Ezio Auditore da Firenze on Aug 04, 2013
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as DOCX, PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

08/04/2013

pdf

text

original

 
A
UDEN
P
ERSONAL
/H
ISTORICAL
C
ONTEXT
 
 
W.H Auden (1907
 –
1973)
 
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
 
The
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
o
 
There he formed a group with Stephen, Cecil Day Lewis and Christopher Isherwoodknown as the Auden circle
o
 
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
o
 
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
 
 
Auden
’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

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->