Happy birthday, Auden.
Wystan Hugh Auden was born on the 21st of Feburary, 1907.
Today I have marked the anniversary by listening to Auden’s own recorded readings of his poetry and to readings by other people on youtube. I also found a short documentary from 2000 that I hadn’t seen before: Tell Me The Truth About Love.
Reading some of his poems for myself, I once again remembered how much I enjoy the rythm and sound of Auden’s lyrics. I decided to record a few of my favourites, three poems from the collection Another Time, and two from the Sonnet Sequence “Sonnets from China,” which first appeared in Auden and Isherwood’s Journey to a War.
Enjoy the poetry, the Norwegian accent and the background noise from the street outside our apartment.
Lullaby (from Another Time)
Wrapped in a yielding air (Another Time)
Another Time (from Another Time)
Sonnet I from “Sonnets from China” (Originally published in Journey to a War, the cycle was later cut down and edited slightly. This version is from Collected Poems, I think)
Sonnet XI from “Sonnets from China”