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December 8, 2010


  1. Sounds intriguing. How would you suggest someone with little experience of Auden prepare to tackle this book-length poem? Any good annotated introductions to his poetry? Anyone written a good introductory essay on him and his work?

  2. How I answered this question via email:

    Don't start with this poem in reading Auden! Try the Selected Poems. And for critical assistance, read anything by Edward Mendelson.

    When and if you get around to *The Age of Anxiety*, my edition begins with a long, detailed introduction that tries to make sense of the poem.

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