the north face shops Auden’s Interest in Psychological Problems
W. H Auden’s writing is gorgeous, wonderful, moving and touching. Sometimes it is really exciting and even startling. And these words are not enough to describe all the greatness of Auden’s works. And the most interesting thing is that it is not only my opinion.
W. H Auden’s writing is gorgeous, wonderful, moving and touching. Sometimes it is really exciting and even startling. And these words are not enough to describe all the greatness of Auden’s works. And the most interesting thing is that it is not only my opinion. Besides Auden held the chair in poetry at Oxford from 1956 to 1961, and during 1954 1973 he was a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. It is really impressing, isn’t it? Auden is considered to be one of the greatest poet of the twentieth century quite deservedly.
Auden’s career can be regarded as a combination of three tendencies. His youthful career in England was closely associated with his political and antiwar sentiments. In his poetry of that period he expressed a socialist viewpoint. It was the time of the breakdown of English capitalist society, and Auden’s first book “Poems”(1930) was focused on it. While living in Germany, Auden became a witness of the rise of nazism, he served in the Spanish Civil War. All those events certainly reflected in his poetry.
This Auden’s writing gives us deep impression by its force, unusual images and words, by its strong feelings. In addition Auden showed a deep concern with psychological problems, he was fond of Freudian psychoanalysis. A lot of his poems were dedicated to that famous person. Such was this doctor: still at eighty he wished to think of our life from whose unruliness so many plausible young futures with threats or flattery ask obedience, but his wish was denied him: he closed his eyes upon that last picture, common to us all, of problems like relatives gathered puzzled and jealous about our dying.
In this kind of Auden’s poems we can feel some difference from his political poems. We feel some ironic wit, more lyric moments and his psychological insight.
The third tendency of Auden’s poetry was connected with Christianity and the theology of modern Protestant theologians. On coming back to America Auden returned to the religion that he studied in youth at Christ Church College. His poetry acquired more romantic,
lighter features. Auden was deeply religious person, and that reflected in his poems where he touched questions of existence, meaning of life, and which made him famous for his breadth of taste.
Appreciating the writing of Wystan Hugh Auden, we can see that the whole his poetry is closely connected with the time he lived. Political, social and cultural events influenced Auden’s works. His living in Germany, Iceland, China, England, America and acquaintance with various political systems, social processes, his witnessing wars, breakdowns of societies made Auden write political poems in order to express his viewpoints, sentiments, intellectual interests.
Auden’s interest in psychological problems, in particular in Freudian psychoanalysis can be explained by the wide popularity of psychology in 20 century, especially of psychoanalysis. And his returning to religion in his poetry is connected with his strong Christian faith,
his culture. Auden is worth being admired for his ability to incorporate in his work popular culture and current events. Auden was a man of the vast range of intellect and remarkable wit.