Companion to British and American Poetry

September 1, 1939 by W.H. Auden: Summary

W.H. Auden wrote "September 1, 1939" in the eve of the 30s decade when Poland was attacked by Hitler as the beginning of the Second World War. It consists of nine stanzas of eleven lines each. The poet wrote this poem to bid adieu to the 1930s and to ...More

September 1, 1939 by W.H. Auden: Critical Appreciation

"September 1, 1939" was first published in the New Republic, on October 18, 1939, and was reprinted in the poet's collection of 1940, Another Time. This poem achieved a new eminence after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September ...More

Spain by W.H. Auden: Summary

"Spain" was written in 1937 about the Spanish Civil War by W. H. Auden. This is the most celebrated poem of Auden and it is one of the rarest war poems which was used as pamphlet in the war period. At that time, Hitler had already taking grip over Ea ...More

Spain by W. H. Auden: Critical Analysis

This is perhaps the most celebrated of all the poems of the 1930s, for it gave striking artistic form to the natural sentiments of a whole generation of young men and women. Its effect was comparable to that of the French Revolution on young writers ...More

The Shield of Achilles by W.H. Auden: Summary

The Shield of Achilles is composed by W.H. Auden in 1955 where he represents the Homeric theme in a mock-heroic way making necessary changes. Thetis, the mother of Achilles, in Greek mythology, looks at the shield hung over the shoulder of her son.More

The Shield of Achilles by W.H. Auden: Critical Appreciation

"The Shield of Achilles" is the title poem in the volume of poems entitled The Shield of Achilles, published in 1955. The lyric is divided into three parts, and each part consists of three stanzas. Thus, there are nine stanzas in all. It is a fine ly ...More

Lullaby by W.H. Auden: Summary and Critical Appreciation

Lay Your Sleeping Head, My Love, entitled Lullaby, is one of the finest love-lyrics of W.H. Auden. It was first published in New Writing, Spring 1937, and later included in the Collected Shorter Poems, 1950. The theme of the poem is love caught at it ...More

When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats: Summary and Analysis

"When You Are Old" is a short lyric of twelve lines in three stanzas. The poem is the product of the early period in Yeats's poetic career. It is addressed to Maud Gonne with whom he was in love. It forms a part of the group of poems published in 189 ...More

An Irish Airman Foresees his Death by William Butler Yeats: Summary and Analysis

The poem is a short dramatic monologue, a crisp, concise and thrilling soliloquy of its hero, a volunteer Irish airman, Major Robert Gregory, who was killed in action on the Italian front on January 23, 1918. It is originally one of four poems writte ...More

Musee des Beaux Arts by W.H. Auden: Introduction

Musee des Beaux Arts is one of Auden's most distinguished short poems. It was first published in 1939, though written by during winter holidays in Brussels in 1938. This lyrical poem is based on his actual experience. There he happened to see the spe ...More

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