An Assignment from W.H. Auden’s 1956 Poetry Class

19 June 2014 — 2 Comments

WH Auden

New York City’s  92nd Street Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association, better know as the 92nd Street Y, is an iconic cultural and community center. Since opening in 1939, the 92nd Street Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center has played host to many of the world’s literary greats including T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Marianne Moore and Dylan Thomas. 

The Poetry Center has always prided itself on providing students of all levels with the chance to work with the finest writers. In 1956 W.H. Auden taught a class on ‘Form and Style in Poetry’ and gave the enrolled students the following verse assignment.

WH Auden Verse Exercise 1956

As part of its 75th anniversary celebrations, the Unterberg Poetry Center has released a number of special recordings, including the following audio of W.H. Auden reading at the 92nd Street Y. It was recorded on January 22nd 1955 and begins with his reading of Bucolics, a cycle of seven poems about the relation of man to nature.

 


2 responses to An Assignment from W.H. Auden’s 1956 Poetry Class

  1. F. Armstrong Green 20 June 2014 at 12:09 am

    How wornder to see discipline demanded. Form and style–that’s what it’s about.

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