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War, Politics, and Disappearing Poetry: Auden, Yeats, Empson

John Lyon

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/9780199559602.013.0016

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 War, Politics, and Disappearing Poetry: Auden, Yeats, Empson

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This chapter is concerned with the relations W.H. Auden has with W.B. Yeats and William Empson in terms of disappearing poetry, and considers the question of poetry's relation to political and historical events. It studies Auden's life in order to understand why he tries to avoid politics, and views Yeats and Empson as the contexts for Auden's elegy. The chapter also discusses the concepts of poetic silence and poetic nonsense, which appear to be the usual responses to the nonsense of war violence.

Keywords: disappearing poetry; politics; historical events; elegy; poetic silence; poetic nonsense; war violence; W.H. Auden; W.B. Yeats; William Empson

Article.  8012 words. 

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

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