W. H. Auden Quotes (335 quotes)
“A poet can write about a man slaying a dragon, but not about a man pushing a button that releases a bomb.”
―W. H. Auden
As quoted in: Saturday Review, Volume 38 (Saturday Review Associates, 1955), p. 3
Squares and Oblongs, in Poets at Work (1948), p. 170 - Squares and Oblongs (1948)
“Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation, a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods.”
―W. H. Auden
Hic et Ille, p. 105 - The Dyer's Hand, and Other Essays (1962)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsW. H. Auden
Born: February 21, 1907
Died: September 29, 1973 (aged 66)
Bio: Wystan Hugh Auden, who published as W. H. Auden, was an Anglo-American poet, born in England, later an American citizen, regarded by many critics as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. His work is noted for its stylistic and technical achievements, its engagement with moral and political issues, and its variety of tone, form and content.
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