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W.H. Auden (1939)
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 Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973), better known as W.H. Auden, was an English-born poet and essayist who settled in America from 1939 onwards.

In 1937, at the time of the Spanish Civil War, he visited Spain where he gave some radio broadcasts and wrote articles in support of the Republican cause.

During this period he wrote a poem entitled 'Spain' (also published under the title 'Spain 1937'), which he later rejected along with the political stance which motivated it.

Extracts from 'Spain 1937'


Portrait of T.S. Eliot
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 Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965), usually known as T.S. Eliot, was an American-born poet, literary critic and playwright who settled in England from 1915 onwards.

Although by no means a prolific poet, he is considered one of the greatest of the 20th century; he is particularly remembered for 'The Waste Land' (1922) and 'The Four Quartets' (1945).

Opening lines of 'The Waste Land':

April is the cruellest month, breeding/Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

Memory and desire, stirring/Dull roots with spring rain.

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