Quotations From W.H. (WYSTAN HUGH) AUDEN

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  • 21.
    It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.
    W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907-1973), Anglo-American poet. The Dyer's Hand, foreword (1962). Opening words.

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  • 22.
    Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
    W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907-1973), Anglo-American poet. The Dyer's Hand, pt. 1, "Reading," (1962).
  • 23.
    Doom is dark and deeper than any sea-dingle.
    W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907-1973), Anglo-American poet, essayist. The Wanderer (l. 1). . . Juvenilia; Poems, 1922-1928 [W. H. Auden]. Katherine Bucknell, ed. (1994) Princeton University Press.

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  • 24.
    Love made him weep his pints like you and me.
    W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907-1973), Anglo-American poet, essayist. Who's Who (l. 8). . . Juvenilia; Poems, 1922-1928 [W. H. Auden]. Katherine Bucknell, ed. (1994) Princeton University Press.

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  • 25.
    Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.
    W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907-1973), Anglo-American poet. "Writing," pt. 1, The Dyer's Hand (1962).
  • 26.
    Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one.
    W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907-1973), Anglo-American poet. Faber Book of Modern American Verse, introduction (1956).

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  • 27.
    He knew human folly like the back of his hand,
    W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907-1973), Anglo-American poet, essayist. Epitaph on a Tyrant (l. 3). . . Juvenilia; Poems, 1922-1928 [W. H. Auden]. Katherine Bucknell, ed. (1994) Princeton University Press.
  • 28.
    Dreaming of evening walks through learned cities,
    W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907-1973), Anglo-American poet, essayist. Paysage Moralisé (l. 9). . . Juvenilia; Poems, 1922-1928 [W. H. Auden]. Katherine Bucknell, ed. (1994) Princeton University Press.
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