Questions tagged [wystan-hugh-auden]

Questions about the English-American poet Wystan Hugh Auden (1907 – 1973) and his works. In addition to poems, he also wrote libretti for several operas, including Igor Stravinsky's "The Rake's Progress".

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What do "the vertical man" and "the horizontal one" mean?

From John Le Carré's Smiley's People: Lacon, Strickland, Mostyn, thought Smiley as Strickland’s Aberdonian brogue hammered on. One Cabinet Office factotum, one Circus fixer, one scared boy. Why not ...
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Who is the "lady weeping at the crossroads" in W. H. Auden's poem?

... and why does she need to go to the end of the world to plunge a penknife into her false heart? W. H. Auden's poem Lady Weeping at the Crossroads starts with the stanza “Lady, weeping at the ...
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“O Where Are You Going” / “The Three Companions” by W. H. Auden

Below is a poem by W. H. Auden called “O Where Are You Going” or “The Three Companions”: "O where are you going?" said reader to rider, "That valley is fatal where furnaces burn, ...
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Does Auden's poem 'The Model' refer to any particular painting?

I re-read 'The Model' by W H Auden earlier today, and I was struck by how good it is. I've venerated Auden since I was sixteen, but I hadn't appreciated this poem properly until now. I find myself ...
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Does Auden contradict himself in "children might well appear to be more rational than adults, for a child is not, by nature, more anything"?

I first saw this quote here: Philip Johnson-Laird BA PhD Psychology (UCL), Stuart Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton. How We Reason (1st edn 2008). p. 245. I emboldened. “Walter de la ...
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Why does Auden relate logical deduction to Adam and Eve's Fall?

From: Philip Johnson-Laird BA PhD Psychology (UCL), Stuart Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton. (Author isn't a logician.) How We Reason (1st edn 2008). p. 103. How We Make ...
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