W. H. Auden Quotes

Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.




W. H. Auden, 1907-1973, Poet, Quoted on CBS, Criminal Minds, January 24, 2011

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W. H. Auden
W. H. Auden
  • Born: February 21, 1907
  • Died: September 29, 1973
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Poet

Wystan Hugh Auden was an English-American poet. Auden's poetry was noted for its stylistic and technical achievement, its engagement with politics, morals, love, and religion, and its variety in tone, form and content. He is best known for love poems such as "Funeral Blues", poems on political and social themes such as "September 1, 1939" and "The Shield of Achilles", poems on cultural and psychological themes such as The Age of Anxiety, and poems on religious themes such as "For the Time Being" and "Horae Canonicae".

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