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Auden's Cold War Fame

QUINN, J. Auden's Cold War Fame. In Auden at Work. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, s. 231-249. ISBN: 978-1-137-45292-4
Jazyk publikace: eng
Anglický název: Auden's Cold War Fame
Rok vydání: 2015
Místo konání: New York
Název zdroje: Palgrave Macmillan
Autoři: Doc. Justin Quinn
Abstrakt EN: This article argues that W. H. Auden's fame was not merely a consequence of the poetry he wrote, but also, during the Cold War, affected the poetry he wrote. It places him within the political context of the US reading his poems especially from the period 1945-1950.This article argues that Auden’s eminence in the late 1940s played an integral role in his poetry, especially, when viewed in the political context of the incipient Cold War. Even a small poem like ‘In Schrafft’s’ freights larger issues involving polemics about the relations between culture and politics from 1948 to 1960. Comparison with Edwin Rolfe, a poet on the other end of the spectrum of renown from Auden, allows us to gauge the tone and treatment of themes in some of the poems of Nones. I then argue that Auden accrued prestige by his increasing proximity to the idiom of essays and reviews in what Randall Jarrell called the ‘age of criticism’ – this precipitated many different formal developments, not least in long sequences like ‘Bucolics’ and ‘Thanksgiving for a Habitat’. His overt turn away from politics gave the direction for the younger generation of US poets in the decade ahead.
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