Irena Hill says:
Graham Fawcett's Auden lecture/performance is next (please arrive at 6.45) at the lovely Crypt of St Margaret's Church in Lee Terrace (entrance on Brandram Road)
Tickets (£12.50) on eventbright.com and at the door on the night.
Graham Fawcett says:
Our 2017-2018 season of poetry nights launches again with Auden Night on the first of November.
W H Auden was a giant among poets of his generation, a master-craftsman of metrical rhythms you can feel running like Swiss clockwork through his verse lines, and a wonderfully adventurous organist of the English language. Nourished by his Pennines childhood and the treasures of Anglo-Saxon and Middle English, traveller to Iceland, China, Spain and Berlin, close-quarters commentator on politics, religion, philosophy, art and human relations, Auden translated his gifted perceptions into some of the finest and most substantial poems England and the world have ever seen.
“Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but
among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh”.
“Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.”
“Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about”.
“When I am in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a drawing room full of dukes”.
I saw Auden read four times; went, like most of the rest of his Oxford Union audience, to the pub with him after his reading that night; and will tell you more about those occasions when we meet.
Do come if you can ! It is recommended that tickets be booked in advance.
All best wishesGraham