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The author of the book: W.H. Auden
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Language: English
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Edition: RCS Quotidiani S.p.A.
Date of issue: May 24th 2004

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Pubblicato nel 1940 a New York, tradotto con esattezza filologica ma anche con piglio poetico da Nicola Gardini, Un altro tempo è probabilmente il libro più vario e rappresentativo di Auden. La sua ispirazione più orfica, propria del periodo inglese, convive col dettato, diretto e colloquiale, che il poeta coltiverà in America. Ogni virtuosismo tecnico vi è dispiegato, ma senza ostentazione. E ogni argomento: l’impegno politico e l’abbandono amoroso, il crollo delle utopie («le astute speranze / d’un decennio basso e disonesto») e una rinascente fede religiosa, la tensione intellettuale e il divertimento malinconico dei blues. Molti dei testi più famosi vi sono inclusi: le magnifiche elegie per la morte di Freud («Triste è Eros, costruttore di città, / e in lacrime l’anarchica Afrodite») e di W.B. Yeats, scomparso «nel pieno dell’inverno »; straordinarie poesie d’amore, come l’ipnotica «Appoggia, amore, il tuo capo assonnato » o la frenetica Calypso («Perché l’amore è più forte e importante / anche d’un prete o d’un politicante»); e 1° settembre 1939 , assorta meditazione all’indomani dell’invasione tedesca della Polonia, ritornata di dolorosa attualità dopo l’attacco alle Torri Gemelle: «onde di rabbia e di paura / circolano per le luminose / e oscurate contrade della terra, / ossessionando le nostre vite private; / l’indicibile odore della morte / offende la notte di settembre».
«“Perché vuole scrivere poesia?” Se il giovanotto vi risponde:“Ho delle cose importanti da dire”, allora di certo non è un poeta. Se invece risponde: “Mi piace bazzicare le parole, ascoltare quello che hanno da dire”, allora può darsi che diventi sì un poeta.» Ecco il criterio, infallibile, di W.H. Auden (1907-1973), che a «bazzicare le parole» ha dedicato tutta la vita e, in tempi ancora felicemente innocenti di «scuole di scrittura creativa», è stato maestro dei maggiori poeti del secondo Novecento: e non solo in lingua inglese, se si pensa alla venerazione che gli tributava Josif Brodskij.Come tutti i veri grandi autori,Auden parla con una sua voce inconfondibile, eppure sempre diversa: negli anni Trenta fu il poeta inglese più oscuro ed enigmatico; negli anni Cinquanta il più discorsivo e trasparente dei poeti americani. Una poesia «camaleontica», è stata definita la sua. E Montale, che lo stimava molto, glossava: «Camaleontica, nel senso che prende il colore delle idee senza restar prigioniera delle idee». Perché, bazzicando le parole, non è affatto escluso che si dicano anche «cose importanti»; ma non si corre il rischio – fatale ai poeti come a tutti noi – di sentirsi importanti.

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Ebook Un altro tempo read Online! Wystan Hugh Auden was an Anglo-American poet, best known for love poems such as Funeral Blues, poems on political and social themes such as September 1, 1939 and The Shield of Achilles, poems on cultural and psychological themes such as The Age of Anxiety, and poems on religious themes such as For the Time Being and Horae Canonicae. He was born in York, grew up in and near Birmingham in a professional middle-class family. He attended English independent (or public) schools and studied English at Christ Church, Oxford. After a few months in Berlin in 1928–29 he spent five years (1930–35) teaching in English public schools, then travelled to Iceland and China in order to write books about his journeys. In 1939 he moved to the United States and became an American citizen in 1946. He taught from 1941 through 1945 in American universities, followed by occasional visiting professorships in the 1950s. From 1947 through 1957 he wintered in New York and summered in Ischia; from 1958 until the end of his life he wintered in New York (in Oxford in 1972–73) and summered in Kirchstetten, Austria.

Auden's poetry was noted for its stylistic and technical achievement, its engagement with politics, morals, love, and religion, and its variety in tone, form and content. He came to wide public attention at the age of twenty-three, in 1930, with his first book, Poems, followed in 1932 by The Orators. Three plays written in collaboration with Christopher Isherwood in 1935–38 built his reputation as a left-wing political writer. Auden moved to the United States partly to escape this reputation, and his work in the 1940s, including the long poems For the Time Being and The Sea and the Mirror, focused on religious themes. He won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his 1947 long poem The Age of Anxiety, the title of which became a popular phrase describing the modern era. In 1956–61 he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford; his lectures were popular with students and faculty and served as the basis of his 1962 prose collection The Dyer's Hand.

From around 1927 to 1939 Auden and Isherwood maintained a lasting but intermittent sexual friendship while both had briefer but more intense relations with other men. In 1939 Auden fell in love with Chester Kallman and regarded their relation as a marriage; this ended in 1941 when Kallman refused to accept the faithful relation that Auden demanded, but the two maintained their friendship, and from 1947 until Auden's death they lived in the same house or apartment in a non-sexual relation, often collaborating on opera libretti such as The Rake's Progress, for music by Igor Stravinsky.

Auden was a prolific writer of prose essays and reviews on literary, political, psychological and religious subjects, and he worked at various times on documentary films, poetic plays, and other forms of performance. Throughout his career he was both controversial and influential, and critical views on his work ranged from sharply dismissive, treating him as a lesser follower of W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot, to strongly affirmative, as in Joseph Brodsky's claim that he had "the greatest mind of the twentieth century". After his death, some of his poems, notably Funeral Blues, Musée des Beaux Arts, Refugee Blues, The Unknown Citizen, and September 1, 1939, became known to a much wider public than during his lifetime through films, broadcasts, and popular media.


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