Wystan hugh auden was an anglo american poet best known for love poems such as funeral blues poems on political and social themes such as september 1 1939 and the shield of achilles poems on cultural and psychological themes such as the age of anxiety and poems on religious themes such as for the time being and horae canonicae. To commemorate the centennial of w h audens birth the modern library offers this elegant edition of the collected poems of one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century this volume. Between 1927 and his death in 1973 w h auden endowed poetry in the english language with a new face or rather with several faces since his work ranged from the political to the religious from the urbane to the pastoral from the mandarin to the invigoratingly plain spoken this collection presents all the poems auden wished to preserve in the texts that received his final approval. True auden cut out some poems such as spain this one apparently for its spanish civil war era approval of summary executions and the like but these gaps can be quickly closed by access to the internet where individual poems can be downloaded in a thrice thus a great and necessary acquisition to anyones library
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