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Wystan Hugh (W H) Auden

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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 Harrow the house of the dead; look shining at New styles of architecture, a change of heart. Quote Right
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Quote Left Healing, Papa would tell me, is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature. Quote Right
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Quote Left The belief that politics can be scientific must inevitably produce tyrannies. Politics cannot be a science, because in politics theory and pra... Quote Right
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Quote Left Every European visitor to the United States is struck by the comparative rarity of what he would call a face, by the frequency of men and women who look like elderly babies. If he stays in the States for any length of time, he will learn that this cannot be put down to a lack of sensibility -- the American feels the joys and sufferings of human life as keenly as anybody else. The only plausible explanation I can find lies in his different attitude to the past. To have a face, in the European sense of the word, it would seem that one must not only enjoy and suffer but also desire to preserve the memory of even the most humiliating and unpleasant experiences of the past. Quote Right
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Quote Left It is already possible to imagine a society in which the majority of the population, that is to say, its laborers, will have almost as much leisure as in earlier times was enjoyed by the aristocracy. When one recalls how aristocracies in the past actually behaved, the prospect is not cheerful. Quote Right
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