am 27. Januar 2009
W.H. Auden kannte ich bisher nur aus dem Film "Four Weddings and a Funeral", wo "Stop all the clocks" vorgetragen wird.
Ich fand es schön, sehr schön, aber eigentlich konnte ich mit Poems nicht viel anfangen. Auch während meines Studiums war es eher etwas, wo man sich durchquälte und sich fragte, wo um alles in der Welt die Dinge zwischen den Zeilen standen, die man finden musste.
Heute, ohne den Zwang etwas in Gedichten finden zu müssen, kann ich sie genießen, sie spüren und meine eigenen Interpretationen haben - literaturwissenschaftlich korrekt, oder auch nicht.
W.H. Audens Poems sind nicht immer leicht, aufbauend oder sofort einleuchtend. Aber sie sind besonders, kraftvoll und beinahe magisch.
In diesem wunderbaren Buch finden wir sie alle.
Auch wenn eine Hardcover-Ausgabe wirklich wünschenswert wäre, denn beim einmaligen Lesen wird es nicht bleiben - versprochen.
am 30. Januar 1998
W. H. Auden's poetry is so rich, so complex, yet so indicative of one's feelings in life, that I cannot see how anyone can remain unmoved by it. The man's knowledge of history and authors is vast and it shows in his poetry. This is one poet that serious students of literature cannot miss.
am 5. März 2010
I discovered Auden through "The Time Traveler's Wife". After researching the author and his restless life I decided to buy this weighty volume. Auden has a striking way of using language, he abbreviates, changes sentence structures and "molds" his poems with a wonderful ease. It is an everyday joy to read his works. His "Letter to Lord Byron" is really worth reading, despite its length. A fascinating work of literature!
am 25. Juli 2013
This is a great selection that contains many of Auden's best poems. The layout and the introduction are great as well.
I did, however, miss my personal favourite "The More Loving One". In my opinion a poem that should be part of every W.H. Auden collection...
am 13. Juni 1998
Auden is funny, sad, strange, wonderful. Here's a selection from of my favorites:
'When it comes,will it come without warning/ Just as I'm picking my nose?/ Will it knock on my door in the morning;/ Or tread in the bus on my toes?/ Will it come like a change in the weather?/ Will its greeting be courteous or rough?/ Will it alter my life altogether?/ O tell me the truth about love.'
Auden talks about not only love but also truth, justice, every part of the human experience. Here's a short part of "Musee des Beaux Arts":
'About suffering they were never wrong,/ The Old Masters: how well they understood/ Its human position; how it takes place/ While someone else is eating or opening a window or/ just walking dully along.'
I cannot find words strong enough to convey how powerful, and how human, this work is.
By the way, in his original 'selected works' Auden re-edited several of his most beloved works - many critics said for the worse. In this particular edition the editor included all of the poems that Auden selected as his best, but in their original forms.
am 18. Juni 2012
beschenkte hat sich sehr gefreut
ich nutze diesen artikel nicht und kann somit mich auch nicht weiter dazu äussern
am 7. Januar 1999
W.H.Auden was gay, and he was an englishman: an unusually uncomfortable coincidence in the midst of the twentieth century. He suffered, and he transformed that into a most impressing style - not pessimistic, but full of heartache, of sorrows, of the omnipresent death. Lyrics not for people, who are looking for a few lines of relaxation and amusement, but for the very serious, who are interested in the deeper meanings of life. W.H. Auden spent some time in Berlin, Germany. He saw the Nazis come to power there, the complete breakdown of a democracy and the end of one of the most fascinating scenes for art and literature. Maybe that was one of his reasons for a cold-tempered mind, if it comes to pathetic vocabulary. His words are plain, clear, without artificial glitter - a must for every reader, especially in the long evenings of winter.
am 23. Mai 2000
A sad look backwards at some of the most riveting human emotions. Auden is the prism through which all life's strands become unto themselves, unique and omnipotent. He will enrapture your very soul and you will not be released until the last word is magnificently uttered and locked away deep inside your mind.
am 3. März 1999
Even if you don't like poetry, you will like these rhymes. They are witty, they are deep, they cover so many aspects of life with their realism and magic. Everyone needs a book of poetry - why not have this one? You won't go wrong.
am 23. Mai 2000
A sad look backwards at the most riveting of human emotions. Auden is the prism through which all of life's strands are discerned, each one becoming omnipotent and enrapturing. He will grasp your soul from the opening and not release it until long after the final words are locked away, deep in the attic of your mind.