Wystan hugh auden 21 february 1907 29 september 1973 was an english american poet audens 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. W h auden poet w h auden was admired for his unsurpassed technical virtuosity and ability to write poems in nearly every imaginable verse form his incorporation of popular culture current events and vernacular speech in his work and also for the vast range of his intellect which drew easily from an extraordinary variety of literatures art forms social and political theories and . English poet playwright critic and librettist wystan hugh auden exerted a major influence on the poetry of the 20th century auden grew up in birmingham england and was known for his extraordinary intellect and wit his first book poems was published in 1930 with the help of ts eliot just before world war ii broke out auden emigrated to the united states where he met the poet chester . Links are provided below to poems posted on other sites with the permission of audens estate the following poems are part of the auden exhibit on the web site of the academy of american poets . The best auden poems w h auden 1907 1973 wrote a great deal of poetry with many of the best auden poems being written in the 1930s in this post weve taken on the difficult task of finding the ten greatest auden poems difficult because although certain poems naturally rise to the surface and proclaim their
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