W.H. Auden: Selected Poems

By W. H. Auden

This version provides the unique types of many poems, which Auden revised to comply to his evolving political and literary attitudes later in his occupation. during this quantity, Edward Mendelson has restored the early models of a few thirty poems commonly thought of to be more suitable to the later models, permitting the reader to work out the total variety of Auden's paintings. chosen and edited by means of Edward Mendelson

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A pine tree shadow throughout your forehead. To what I listen and want i didn't : The voice of affection asserting flippantly. brightly­ "Be Lubbe. be Hitler. yet be my reliable day-by-day. nightly. " the facility that corrupts. that strength to extra . the attractive qu ite certainly own : To them the fathers and the youngsters flip : And all who lengthy for his or her destruction. The boastful and self-insulted. wait The regarded guideline. 35 Shall idleness ring then your eyes just like the pest? o will you not noted and mildly just like the relaxation, Will you subscribe to the misplaced of their sneering circles, Forfeit the attractive curiosity and fall the place the enticing face is the face of the betrayer, And the pang is all? Wind shakes the tree ; the mountains darken; And the center repeats notwithstanding we'd now not hearken : "Yours is the alternative, to whom the gods offered The language of studying and the language of affection, Crooked to maneuver as a moneybug or a melanoma Or directly as a dove. " November 1934 t 24 The summer time holds : upon its glittering lake Lie Europe and the islands ; many rivers Wrinkling its floor like a ploughman's palm. below the bellies of the grazing horses at the a ways part of posts and bridges The lively shadows dwindle ; not anything wavers. Calm at this second the Dutch sea so shallow That sunk St. Paul's could ever convey its golden pass And nonetheless the deep water that divides us nonetheless from Norway. we might express you at the beginning an English village : You shall select its situation anywhere your center directs you so much longingly to seem; you're loving in the direction of i t : no matter if north to Scots hole and Bellingham the place the black rams defy the p anting engine : Or west to the Welsh Marches ; to the lilting speech and the magicians' faces : 36 I I "I I 'Wherever you have been a baby or had your first affair There it stands amidst your darling surroundings : A parish bounded via the wreckers' cliff; or meadows the place browse the Shorthorn and maplike Frisian As at Trent Junction the place the bounce comes gliding; out of eco-friendly Leicestershire to swell the ampler present. Hiker with sunburn blisters in your workplace pallor, Cross-country champion with corks on your fingers, if you have eaten your sandwich, your salt and your apple, if you have begged your glass of milk from the ill-kept farm, what's it you spot? I see barns falling, fences damaged, Pasture no longer ploughland, weeds no longer wheat. the nice homes stay yet simply part are inhabited, Dusty the gunrooms and the sturdy clocks desk bound. a few have b een changed into prep-schools the place the nutrition is within the palms of an skilled matron, Others into club-houses for the golf-bore and the top-hole. those that sang within the hotels at night have departe d ; they observed their desire in a foreign country, Their young children have entered the provider of the suburban components ; they've got develop into typists, mannequins and manufacturing unit operatives ; they wanted a unique rhythm of existence. yet their areas are taken by way of one other inhabitants, with perspectives approximately nature, introduced in charabanc and saloon alongside arterial roads ; travelers to whom the Tudor cafes provide Bovril and buns upon Breton ware With leather-work as a sidelin e : Filling stations offering petrol from rustic pumps.

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