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Unwriting the Good Fight: W. H. Auden's ‘Spain 1937’

Rainer Emig

in The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199559602
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199559602.013.0015

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Unwriting the Good Fight: W. H. Auden's ‘Spain 1937’

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This chapter studies W.H. Auden's ‘Spain 1937’, which shows an awareness of the problems of its subject that it translates into its own structures. It then determines why the poem's revisions represent more than biographical and ideological turns in the oeuvre, and also tries to show how the poem signifies an attempt to simultaneously write and unwrite war.

Keywords: Spain 1937; problems of subject; biographical turns; ideological turns; oeuvre; writing war; unwriting war

Article.  7436 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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