W. H. Auden
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"Wystan Hugh Auden"The name Wystan derives from the 9th-century Wigstan of Mercia/St Wystan, who was murdered by Beorhtwulf of Mercia/Beorhtwulf, king of Mercia, after Wystan objected to Beorthtwulf's plan to marry Wystan's mother. His remains were reburied at Repton, Derbyshire, where they became the object of a cult; the St. Wystan's Church, Repton/parish church of Repton is named St Wystan's. Auden's father, George Augustus Auden, was educated at Repton School.

, who published as "W. H. Auden", was an Anglo-American poet, Auden used the phrase "Anglo-American Poets" in 1943, implicitly referring to himself and T. S. Eliot.

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No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.

Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.

If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving be me.

A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.

Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.

Good can imagine Evil; but Evil cannot imagine Good.

A poet's hope: to be,like some valley cheese,local, but prized elsewhere.

One cannot review a bad book without showing off.

False enchantment can last a lifetime.

I'll love you, dear, I'll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street.

What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.

Desire, even in its wildest tantrums, can neither persuade me it is love nor stop me from wishing it were.

Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation, a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods.

When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a room full of dukes.

Acts of injustice done Between the setting and the rising sun In history lie like bones, each one.

He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

We are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.

Accurate scholarship can unearth the whole offense from luther until that has driven a culture mad. From what occured at linz what huge imago made a psychopathic god. i and the public know what all schoolchildren learn those to whom evil is done do evil in return.

To save your world you asked this man to die; Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?

Evil is unspectacular and always human, And shares our bed and eats at our own table.

Narcissus does not fall in love with his reflection because it is beautiful, but because it is his. If it were his beauty that enthralled him, he would be set free in a few years by its fading.