W. H. Auden

W. H. Auden

1907 - 1973

English poet W. H. Auden was an important influence on many American composers, including Samuel Barber, Lukas Foss, Ned Rorem, Leo Smit, and Louise Talma. He was also a friend and collaborator of British composer Benjamin Britten and Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.

Photo: W. H. Auden, 1959, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division


Born in England, W. H. Auden permanently left for the United States in 1939 and became and American citizen, right at the outbreak of World War II.

Music was a major influence on Auden's poetry. In the words of Jeremy Robson: “The influence of music on Auden’s verse . . . has always been salient: even his worst lines often ‘sound’ impressive.” (Encounter)

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