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While I like "September 1, 1939," I believe that Auden renounced this poem. It's in the earlier edition of his collected poems, but not in the newest edition.

Seems to me that John Nichols should have noted Auden's change of mind (not about fascism but about the poem's technique--overly blunt and self-congratulatory).

Ken Sanderson

Boise, ID

Sep 10 2009 - 10:12pm

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"Not universal love, but to be loved alone." Auden knew that greed was a part of human nature. When totalitarianism is defeated, the fight against corruption begins. Democratic governance only makes it easier to replace those who go beyond the pale.

Bud Ilic

Bloomington, Il

Sep 2 2009 - 11:23am

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