Written in '15. Revised a bit just now.
A Benediction for Uncle Wiz
W. H. Auden is my Harry Potter,
A quintessentially British phenomenon
That makes me all American fanboy.
The impenetrability of the early verse,
The effervescence of the later --
Plainspoken and prolix, scholarly and simple.
If Marianne Moore had married Cole Porter
And given life to a gay and proper Anglican
With a facility for every kind of metre,
The offspring might have been Wystan Auden:
Verse more elegant than a Scarlatti sonata,
Odes more potent than a Bombay martini,
Acrobatic alcaics, sinewy Sapphics,
And naughty haiku. Bless his cheerful ghost!
Poetry by Thomas D
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Written on 2021-02-20 at 23:26
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