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W.H. Auden's book of light verse

Author: W H Auden
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 2004.
Series: New York Review Books classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Auden's anthology of light verse is packed with surprising finds while also offering a rethinking of the poetic canon. Commissioned by Oxford University Press in the 1930s, when Auden's own work was at its boldest, the book caught its original publisher off guard. For it is less a collection of humorous verses than a celebration of the popular voice in English, in which the work of great satirists like Swift and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: W H Auden
ISBN: 159017089X 9781590170892
OCLC Number: 55746895
Notes: Revised edition of: The Oxford book of light verse. 1938.
Includes indexes.
Description: xxxvi, 553 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: New York Review Books classics.
Other Titles: Book of light verse
Oxford book of light verse.
Responsibility: chosen by W.H. Auden ; preface by Edward Mendelson.
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"Auden's anthology of light verse is packed with surprising finds while also offering a rethinking of the poetic canon. Commissioned by Oxford University Press in the 1930s, when Auden's own work was at its boldest, the book caught its original publisher off guard. For it is less a collection of humorous verses than a celebration of the popular voice in English, in which the work of great satirists like Swift and Byron keeps company with ballads, chanteys, ditties, nursery rhymes, street calls, bathroom graffiti, epitaphs, folk songs, vaudeville turns, limericks, and blues. Turning away from the post-Romantic cult of the sentimental lyric, Auden features poetry that is clear, enjoyable, and, no matter its age, absolutely modern." "This new edition includes previously censored poems, together with Auden's introduction and a new preface."--Jacket.

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