17 July 1997
Show More W.H. Auden: Prose 1926-38, Essays and Reviews and Travel Books in Prose and Verse edited by Edward Mendelson.
Faber, 836 pp., £40, March 1997, 0 571 17899 5Show More
“... to Joseph Brodsky – of ‘September 1, 1939’: Faces along the bar Cling to their average day: The lights must never go out, The music must always play, All the conventions conspire To make this fort assume The furniture of home; Lest we should see where we are, Lost in a haunted wood, Children afraid of the night Who have never been happy or good. In places the language has been worn smooth ...”