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  • W.H. Auden, Morrie’s favorite poet
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • I teach, with some regularity, two great poems based on that painting, W. H. Auden’s "Musee des Beaux Arts" (1940) and William Carlos Williams’s "Landscape with Fall of Icarus" (1962).
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • My mom didn’t really have room to talk, considering she’d let my dad name me and my brother: Detram Hollis was a professor my dad greatly admired, while W. H. Auden was his favorite poet.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • Behind, without a sound
    The woods have come up and are standing round
    In deadly crescent.
    And the bolt is sliding in its groove,
    Outside the window is the black remover’s van,
    And now with sudden, swift emergence
    Come the women in dark glasses, the hump-backed surgeons
    And the scissor-man.
    W. H. Auden, The Witnesses
    It was cold, it was cold and the roof was made of bones.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down

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  • W. H. Auden, in his great elegy "In Memory of W. B. Yeats" (1940), emphasizes the coldness of the day Yeats died.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Acts of injustice done
    Between the setting and the rising sun
    In history lie like bones, each one.
    W. H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood, The Ascent of F6
    "The night you left the warren, the Owsla were turned out to look for you.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
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