The Art of Tetman Callis

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Entries Tagged as 'W. H. Auden'

Some weather we’ve been having

April 9th, 2017 · No Comments

“The first prerequisite to civilization is an ability to make polite conversation.” – W. H. Auden (interviewed by Michael Newman in The Paris Review) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah · W. H. Auden

Drones for what?

April 8th, 2017 · No Comments

“I think foreign policy should definitely be taken out of men’s hands. Men should continue making machines, but women ought to decide which machines ought to be made. Women have far better sense. They would never have introduced the internal combustion engine or any of the evil machines. Most kitchen machines, for example, are good; […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · W. H. Auden

Nuts and bolts

April 7th, 2017 · No Comments

“Poetry is not self-expression. Each of us, of course, has a unique perspective which we hope to communicate. We hope that someone reading it will say, ‘Of course, I knew that all the time but never realized it before.’ On the whole I agree here with Chesterton, who said, ‘The artistic temperament is a disease […]

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Watch the parking meters

April 6th, 2017 · 2 Comments

“Writers seldom make good leaders. . . . It’s very easy for a writer to be unrealistic. . . . in cases of social or political injustice, only two things are effective: political action and straight journalistic reportage of the facts. The arts can do nothing. The social and political history of Europe would be […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · W. H. Auden

Form and substance

April 5th, 2017 · No Comments

“If I had to ‘teach poetry,’ which, thank God, I don’t, I would concentrate on prosody, rhetoric, philology, and learning poems by heart. I may be quite wrong, but I don’t see what can be learned except purely technical things—what a sonnet is, something about prosody. If you did have a poetic academy, the subjects […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · W. H. Auden