Wystan Hugh Auden (1907 – 1973)

Wystan Hugh Auden (1907 – 1973)

Wystan Hugh Auden, known as W.H. Auden, was a renowned English-American poet born on February 21, 1907, and passing away on September 29, 1973. While he is remembered for his impactful contributions to 20th-century poetry, it's important to note that Auden's sexuality has been a subject of discussion. He was a gay man, and his identity as a member of the LGBTQ+ community has added depth to the interpretation of his works.

Auden's poetry often delved into themes of love, societal issues, and existential reflections. His exploration of human relationships and the complexities of existence is thought to have been influenced, in part, by his personal experiences as a gay man during a time when societal attitudes towards homosexuality were not as accepting as they are today.

Recommended Reading: Collected Poems of W H Auden | The Age of Anxiety A Baroque EclogueThe Shield of Achilles


In addition to his exploration of sexuality in his poetry, Auden was also a versatile writer, addressing political and moral issues in his later works. He became an American citizen in 1946 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1948 for "The Age of Anxiety." Auden's legacy extends beyond his poetry, as he was also a noted essayist and librettist.


"There's always another story. There's more than meets the eye." - W. H. Auden



In summary, W.H. Auden, a distinguished poet of the 20th century, was openly gay, and his exploration of his identity is considered an integral part of the interpretation of his poetry. His works continue to be celebrated for their profound insights into the human condition and their relevance to both personal and societal aspects of life.

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