Happy Birthday, W. H. Auden!

W. H. Auden's poems have an emotional and intellectual integrity that is searing, that cuts through sentimentality and reveals the stripped truth of what it means to experience moments honestly and openly. For the most part, I've found that the words Auden uses aren't necessarily of the look-it-up-in-the-thesaurus variety, they are simple words carefully placed in their own rhythm, and it is the way that Auden arranges these words that makes his poetry profound.

This is one of my favorite parts of Auden's "The Sea and the Mirror", what he termed his "Ars Poetica". It is one of my favorite poems. My review is posted on the side tab under the "reviews" section, and on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/426676322


Sing, Ariel, sing,

Sweetly, dangerously

Out of the sour

And shiftless water;

Lucidly out

Of the dozing tree,

Entrancing, rebuking

The raging heart

With a smoother song

Than this rough world,

Unfeeling god.

O brilliantly, lightly,

Of separation,

Of bodies and death,

Unanxious one, sing

To man, meaning me,

As now, meaning always,

In love or out,

Whatever that mean,

Trembling he takes

The silent passage

Into discomfort.