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The seven Bucolics of 1952-1953 concern different ways of life appropriate to different landscapes. The seven Horae Canonicae poems of 1949-1954 have a larger and more ambitious subject, the relation of individuals and their personal acts to the life of the city, and the necessary connection between civilized order and the violence needed to maintain it. ) Horae Canonicae is one of the great masterpieces of twentieth-century poetry. It has received little critical attention because it demands to be read in ways very different from those appropriate to the modernist tradition from Yeats to Wallace Stevens.
The Poetry ofW. H. Auden: The Disenchanted Island. New York: Oxford University Press, 1963. , ed. Auden: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, N. : PrenticeHall, 1964. Spender, Stephen, ed. W. H. Auden: A Tribute. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1975. Wright, George T. W. H. Auden. New York: Twayne, 1969. —EDWARD MENDELSON Amiri Baraka 1934- B, an effective instrument for defining his personal, cultural, and political goals. His remarkable achievements as a writer and activist—he came to regard the two roles as inseparable— bespeak a temperament marked by uncompromising energy and risk-taking modulated by intellectual and emotional resilience.
Princeton, N. : Princeton University Press, 1965. Carpenter, Humphrey. W. H. Auden: A Biography. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (in press). Duchene, Francois. The Case of the Helmeted Airman: A Study of W. H. Auden s Poetry. London: Chatto and Windus, 1972. Fuller, John L. A Reader's Guide to W. H. Auden. London: Thames and Hudson, 1970. Greenberg, Herbert M. Quest for the Necessary: W. H. Auden and the Dilemma of Divided Consciousness. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1968. 28 I AMERICAN WRITERS Hynes, Samuel L.
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