W. H. Auden

"I'll love you, dear, I'll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street."

I love Auden's poems. I didn't know it the day I met him at Boston College, shook his hand, and then, with the permission of Fr. Francis Sweeney, went  upstairs to get him some whiskey from the liquor cabinet in the father's aura. He also said when Francis couldn't hear him: "I hate sherry."

If you don't trust me on Auden, read Adam Gopnik.

The Double Man

Why Auden is an indispensable poet of our time.


The Shield of Achilles
Musée des Beaux Arts
O What Is That Sound
Refugee Blues
Christmas Oratio


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