Poetry Of W.H. Auden

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In this Readers' Guide, Paul Hendon introduces some critical paths through Auden's demanding poetry by drawing upon material ranging from contemporary reviews and comments by fellow poets, to more recent scholarly and theoretical approaches. There is an overview of Auden's life and works, useful for readers new to the poet, while subsequent chapters discuss key critical themes through selected extracts. Issues such as the ambiguity of Auden's politics, his return to Christian faith, and his attitude to history, ...

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Overview

In this Readers' Guide, Paul Hendon introduces some critical paths through Auden's demanding poetry by drawing upon material ranging from contemporary reviews and comments by fellow poets, to more recent scholarly and theoretical approaches. There is an overview of Auden's life and works, useful for readers new to the poet, while subsequent chapters discuss key critical themes through selected extracts. Issues such as the ambiguity of Auden's politics, his return to Christian faith, and his attitude to history, criticism, and art are discussed, while the critical arguments surrounding his 'defection' to America and the significance of the increasingly domestic nature of his later work are assessed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840460469
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/16/2003
  • Series: Icon Readers' Guides Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Hendon is Lecturer at Sussex University.

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Table of Contents

Biographical Summary and Guide through Auden's Works
• What Kind of Poet is Auden?
• Early Auden: The Making of a Poet
• Turning Points
• The Longer Poems
• The Later Collections
• Summary of Critical Texts

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