Another Time

by W. H. Auden
21 Jan 1907 // 29 Sep 1973

The Unknown Citizen (1)

He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be/ One against whom there was no official complaint,/ And all the reports on his conduct agree/ That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was...

All I Have Is a Voice (2)

I sit in one of the dives/ On Fifty-second Street/ Uncertain and afraid/ As the clever hopes expire/ Of a low dishonest decade:/ Waves of anger and fear/ Circulate over the bright/ And darkened lands...

Funeral Blues (3)

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,/ Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,/ Silence the pianos and with muffled drum/ Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come./ / Let aeroplanes ...

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W. H. Auden


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