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Auden’s Abundance

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water. —“First Things First”   Stagger onward rejoicing . . . —“Atlantis”   In the late 1980s I was a graduate student reluctant to specialize, so I wrote a dissertation on W. H. Auden, a poet whose breadth and acuity seemed inexhaustible. My supervisor, Anthony Hecht, told me that at […]

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