Auden had in mind the secondary worlds of literature, but as the Arendt quote indicates, his idea has wider application.
September 27, 2004 Issue
Books & the Arts
On Being Asked During a National Crisis to Write a Poem in Celebration of the Bicentennial of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Caught up in a metaphorical swoon
by the oversoul in his head
War is on its last legs, he said.
The question is only How Soon.