Poetry: W.H. Auden

Bird-Language   by W.H. Auden

Trying to understand the words
Uttered on all sides by birds,
I recognize in what I hear
Noises that betoken fear.

Though some of them, I’m certain, must
Stand for rage, bravado, lust,
All other notes that birds employ
Sound like synonyms for joy.

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See more excellent poems in Sabio’s Poetry Anthology

About W.H. Auden (1907 – 1973): there are tons of webpages covering Audens’s life – he was a fascinating person. I won’t add more. Here is the wiki article.

My Impression: I just went to my first local poetry meeting. The poet we explored last night was Auden. I was only able to read a bit before I went. Each of us took turns reading our favorite poems of Auden. Of the few I had read, I liked this one the best.   It was simple, direct and yet deep. But most of the poems others read left me baffled — no idea what was being said. So Auden is not on my favorite poet list. He packs most his poems with erudition — a trait I don’t enjoy. But he was prolific and crafted many different styles, so I am sure I would also enjoy many more of his poems if I keep looking. He is incredibly skilled, I am told.

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