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Tell Me the Truth About Love by W. H. Auden
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Tell Me the Truth About Love (1986)

by W. H. Auden

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This collection of Auden's poems is perhaps not the greatest but, it is, in the main, Auden at his most cheerful: a welcome antidote to the Davenport-Hines biography which I read alongside this collection.

The title poem is a song, written for a musical show: nothing wrong in that but, a source of an amusing rhyme, rather than an opportunity for great poetry. Other works do add to our admiration for one of the twentieth century's greatest poets, such as 'Deftly, Admiral, Cast Your Fly' and 'Funeral Blues'. ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Sep 8, 2013 |
A slim volume (no room for writing on the spine, even), probably made most (justly) famous by a reading of "Funeral Blues" in the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral. A little bitter, often biting.
  Oh_Carolyn | Jul 18, 2013 |
I received this book from a friend. I am not a huge fan of rhyming poetry, but thought I ought to know more about Auden. My favorites in this collection are Song and Funeral Blues, but I am not sure I will seek out other works. ( )
  Lcwilson45 | Apr 9, 2011 |
"Funeral blues", after seeing Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Probably the first poem in English I truly read (after "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath). The beauty, the truth of it, the practicality of it almost. I do not know anything about W.H. Auden, and it doesn't matter, somehow. I almost do not want to know about his private life. The poem. like a well made painting, is enough.
  LucileDesligneres | Jan 6, 2011 |
While most poems fly over my head, Auden's poetry has always made sense to me. It's beautiful without being too abstract and it always seems to strike a chord for me. Auden had a wonderful gift for conveying emotion in only a few lines. This sweet collection includes one of my favorite poems, "Funeral Blues." Here's one section from the poem...

"He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong."

It just makes my heart ache. I also loved the poem "Lullaby," here's a taste...

"Not a whisper, not a thought, 
Not a kiss nor look be lost." ( )
  bookworm12 | Jun 24, 2010 |
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Some say that love's a little boy, / And some say it's a bird, / Some say it makes the world go round, / And some say that it's absurb, / And when I asked the man next door, / Who looked as if he knew, / His wife got very cross indeed, / And said it wouldn't do.
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A collection of 10 of W.H. Auden's love poems and cabaret songs from the 1930s.

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