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W.H. Auden

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  • Oh the nerdity

    W.H. Auden trawled the Oxford English Dictionary for old and obscure words, some of which he employed in his poetry. He was so fond of the OED that he often took a volume of it to bed at night. We here in Wordville understand that.
  • Say cheese

     
    In today's guest post, our Shallow Thought Wednesday guru, John Lindner, examines a not-so-shallow question concerning the complexities of love, and quotes my favorite poet to boot. At least I think he's my favorite poet. EL...

    Louis Simpson dies at 89; Pulitzer-winning poet

    Louis Simpson dies at 89; Pulitzer-winning poet
    "A poet," Louis Simpson once wrote, "should wish for enough unhappiness to keep him writing." Simpson may not have wished for trouble, but he kept writing for 60 years — spare, powerful poems about war, infidelity, suburban alienation and other...

    Lyrical centennial

    Lyrical centennial
    Arguing over poetry's cultural relevance is a little like debating the potential effects of drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, says Poetry magazine editor Christian Wiman. “For many people, poetry will remain remote,...

    Review: Ties bind even as brickbats fly in 'Other Desert Cities'

    Review: Ties bind even as brickbats fly in 'Other Desert Cities'
    If like me you come from a mixed family, meaning there are conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats boisterously hashing out their differences at the holiday table, you'll have an easy time recognizing the Wyeth clan gathered to celebrate...