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Happy Birthday, Wystan Hugh Auden: “The enlightenment driven away / The habit-forming pain”

W.H. Auden was born on this day in York, England, 1907. Two pieces of advice for writers from Mr. Auden: To keep his errors down to a minimum, the internal Censor to whom a poet submits his work in progress … Continue reading

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2015 Books Read

Even I am impressed with how much I read this year. Along the course of the year, occasionally I’d think to myself, “Good job, Sheila, with your Self-Imposed Reading Plan!” I’ve read a lot of new novels (not really my … Continue reading

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On This Day: September 1, 1939

From Newsweek: Scenes from the invasion of Poland From MSN: Friends, foes, mark WWII’s start in Poland Hitler’s speech on Sept. 1, 1939, from Berlin: To the defense forces: The Polish nation refused my efforts for a peaceful regulation of … Continue reading

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“When Proud Pied April, Dressed In All His Trim, Hath Put a Spirit of Youth in Everything”

Play to the lines, through the lines, but never between the lines. There simply isn’t time for it. – George Bernard Shaw to actress Ellen Terry on performing Shakespeare, 1896 Today is (supposedly, roughly) the birthday of William Shakespeare. April … Continue reading

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Today in history, February 21, 1907

W.H. Auden was born in York, England. Two pieces of advice for writers from Mr. Auden: To keep his errors down to a minimum, the internal Censor to whom a poet submits his work in progress should be a Censorate. … Continue reading

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“Hamlet is a tragedy where there is a part left open”

Excerpt from W.H. Auden’s lecture on Hamlet, February 12, 1947, at the New School for Social Research in NYC: If a work is quite perfect, it arouses less controversy and there is less to say about it. Curiously, everyone tries … Continue reading

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Today In History: September 1, 1939

Germany invaded Poland, 70 years ago today. From Newsweek: Scenes from the invasion of Poland From MSN: Friends, foes, mark WWII’s start in Poland Hitler’s speech on Sept. 1, 1939, from Berlin: To the defense forces: The Polish nation refused … Continue reading

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Life raft.

THE MORE LOVING ONE by W.H. Auden Looking up at the stars, I know quite well That, for all they care, I can go to hell, But on earth indifference is the least We have to dread from man or … Continue reading

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If equal affection cannot be, yadda yadda

April is National Poetry Month. In years past I would post a poem a day with involved thoughts about each poet. I must have been cracked. I can’t even think about poetry right now, it’s too much of a potential … Continue reading

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The Books: “W.H. Auden: Selected Poems” (W.H. Auden)

Daily Book Excerpt: Poetry Selected Poems, by W.H. Auden Auden comes up for me all the time in my life. His words are in my brain. The only other poet I can think of who takes up that much brain-space, … Continue reading

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