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Wystan Hugh Auden, known more commonly as W. H. Auden was an English poet, often considered one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. He was one of the greatest Anglo American poets. Born in England, he later obtained an American citizenship.


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Quote Left The countenances of children, like those of animals, are masks, not faces, for they have not yet developed a significant profile of their own. Quote Right
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Quote Left The actors today really need the whip hand. They're so lazy. They haven't got the sense of pride in their profession that the less socially elevated musical comedy and music hall people or acrobats have. The theater has never been any good since the actors became gentlemen. Quote Right
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Quote Left No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called Games. Quote Right
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Quote Left Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh. Quote Right
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Quote Left Rhymes, meters, stanza forms, etc., are like servants. If the master is fair enough to win their affection and firm enough to command their respect, the result is an orderly happy household. If he is too tyrannical, they give notice; if he lacks authority, they become slovenly, impertinent, drunk and dishonest. Quote Right
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