Category: W.H. Auden

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‘Auden had a tendency throughout his career to reflect upon and attempt to solve and explain problems using the simplifying logic of the child.’ That is bold but accurate, though it also points to a strength in Auden that has always struck me: his ability to speak in abstract terms in a way that seems memorable in part because it has a childlike simplicity, one that can seem naive but nevertheless strikes at truth, as in: ‘Hunger allows no choice/To the citizen or the police:/We must love one another or die.’

- Jay Parini's review of Ian Sansom's September 1, 1939: A Biography of a Poem

One of my favorite appreciations of Auden, by Andrew Sullivan.