Auden Wystan Hugh

W. H. AUDEN

Introduction #

Auden was a modern poet not only in the sense that he belonged to the 20 th C. but in that he addresses social issues in the (futile?) attempt to solve them.

It was Auden who first used the term “The Age of Anxiety”   Fear is specific while anxiety is non specific.

As well Auden experiments with new forms of poetry by trying to make it more accessible to the common man. He uses the vernacular language frequently, common speech patterns, an intimate conversational tone and reverting to the prosaic form at times.  Like Donne and the Metaphysicals, his cerebral poetry was remarkable for its ability to express intense emotions in a rational manner.