W.H. Auden

W.H. Auden

Wystan Hugh Auden published approximately 400 poems and 400 essays and reviews, that were all extremely wide-ranging in topic and form. Additionally, he wrote plays and worked on documentary films. Read more about W.H. Auden.

10 of the Best W.H. Auden Poems 

On this list, readers will find ten of the best W.H. Auden poems. They touch on a wide variety of themes and use different poetic techniques.

Funeral Blues

‘Funeral Blues,’ also known as ‘Stop all the Clocks,’ is arguably Auden’s most famous poem. It was first published in ‘The Year’s Poetry’ in 1938.

O What Is That Sound

‘O What Is That Sound’ by W.H Auden is a tragic poem reminiscing the trauma that many individuals endure during times of war.

Precious Five

‘Precious Five’ by W.H. Auden is about the role of the five senses of humans. The poet highlights how these senses are special to him in this poem.

The Shield of Achilles

‘The Shield of Achilles’ by W.H. Auden presents an episode from Homer’s epic poem “Iliad” innovatively. This poem creates an amalgamation of the classical world with the modern world for depicting the futility of the latter.

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