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W. H. Auden

About W. H. Auden

Born on 21 February of 1907, Wystan Hugh Auden is known to be one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. Due to the fact that Auden lived through both World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945), many of his poems center around morality and politics.

Highly influenced by poets who each had different styles (e.g. Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, William Blake, T.S. Eliot), Auden’s poems tackled many different styles as a result, especially shown in his famous “In Memory of W.B. Yeats”.

Dana Gioia has an essay on Auden here