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February 21, 2011


Sometimes Auden is so...I don't know, something or other...that he goes whoosh! right over my head, but this is lovely. Thanks for posting it, and happy birthday, W.H.!

Isn't this an amazing poem? The ending is so Frost-like -- it shows how Auden modified his native instinct (the feminine rhyme in the first two lines) with an American impulse, and who among the Americans spoke more to WHA than Frost? I love reading this poem face to face with "The More Loving One."

I love to read about the view of garden as the poet described, i really feel that view, liked it alot.

Hey J! Does the "J" stand for jerk? Show me with one of your own poems that you can do better.

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"After You've Gone"
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