W. H. Auden

Finalist, National Book Awards 1974
Finalist, National Book Awards 1973
Finalist, National Book Awards 1966
Finalist, National Book Awards 1961
Winner, 1956 National Book Awards
Finalist, 1952 National Book Awards

In a 1972 interview for The Paris Review, W. H. Auden said that as a child he wanted to be a mining engineer or a geologist. Most of his time, between the ages of six and twelve, was spent drafting plans for lead mines that he wanted to build on the moors of the Pennines in England. “There came a day which later on, looking back, seems very important. I was planning my idea of the concentrating mill—you know, the platonic idea of what it should be. There were two kinds of machinery for separating the slime, one I thought more beautiful than the other, but the other one I knew to be more efficient. I felt myself faced with what I can only call a moral choice—it was my duty to take the second and more efficient one. Later, I realized, in constructing this world which was only inhabited … Continue reading “W. H. Auden”
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In a 1972 interview for The Paris Review, W. H. Auden said that as a child he wanted to be a mining engineer or a geologist. Most of his time, between the ages of six and twelve, was spent drafting plans for lead mines that he wanted to build on the moors of the Pennines in England.There came a day which later on, looking back, seems very important. I was planning my idea of the concentrating mill—you know, the platonic idea of what it should be. There were two kinds of machinery for separating the slime, one I thought more beautiful than the other, but the other one I knew to be more efficient. I felt myself faced with what I can only call a moral choice—it was my duty to take the second and more efficient one. Later, I realized, in constructing this world which was only inhabited by me, I was already beginning to learn how poetry is written.

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