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The Dyer's Hand and Other Essays Paperback – February 19, 1990
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To give some examples, in one essay Auden defines perfectly the difference between PRETENDING to be in love, WISHING to be in love, THINKING one is in love, and actually being in love. In another, the difference between a comedy which makes us accept our imperfection, and a satire that makes us wish to change them. In yet another, the difference between two Shakespearian outsiders -- the Jewish Shylock and the Moore, Othello, and how their different type of "outsiderness" (Shylock, the lender, is despised but also despises the Italians, while Othello thinks his military prowess made him acceptable, which is not so); the difference between the "I" and the "self"; between a "bore" and "a boring" person -- and show why they matter.
In addition to making fine distinction, Auden is also extremely perceptive in other ways. E.g., Auden hits right on the head the problem with most literary theory written by poets: namely, that it amounts to "read me, don't read the other fellow". He notes there are numerous ways to write good poetry, and his own expertise is by no means the only way.Read more ›
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Exceptional wisdom in Auden as he reviews key literary works and analyzes their main messages.Published 13 months ago by alan f johnson
These essays are written by Wystan Hugh Auden--a Major English poet of the 20th century.--a man of learning, wit and ironic ntelligence. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Patricia M Kalvar