W. H. Auden Quotes

There is no such thing as the State And no one exists alone; Hunger allows no choice To the citizen or the police We must love one another or die.

Later in his life Auden was upset with the last line and insisted that his 1955 publisher replace the “or” with “and.”

W. H. Auden, 1907-1973, Poet, September 1, 1939

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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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