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Stop All The Clocks - WH Auden In An Age Of Anxiety (2017)
MarcusDate: Sunday, 2017-10-01, 9:23 PM | Message # 1
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Wystan Hugh Auden, a gay man and probably the greatest 20th century poet
in the English speaking world, was born in York on 21 February 1907. He
collaborated with Christopher Isherwood, the renowned gay novelist who
he had met at school, on a number of plays and in the 1930s the two of
them lived together in Berlin where they had gone to escape England's
then repressive attitudes to homosexuality.

Although always open about his sexuality, while in Berlin he married
Erika Mann, the daughter of the German novelist Thomas Mann. They never
lived together and the marriage was never consummated. It was a marriage
of convenience to enable her to gain British citizenship and escape Nazi

In 1939, Auden and Isherwood emigrated to the United States. This was a
controversial move, regarded by some as a flight from danger on the eve
of war in Europe. In New York, Auden met the gay poet Chester Kallman,
12 years his junior. who would be his partner for the rest of his life.
Auden taught at a number of American universities and, in 1945, took US
citizenship. Neither man was totally faithful to the other. Auden
occasionally dabbled with heterosexuality while also indulging with rent
boys and rough trade. Kallman had frequent "extra-marital" sexual
encounters, though always with other men.

Auden continued to publish poetry including "The Age of Anxiety" in 1947
for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. He collaborated
with Kallman on the libretto for Stravinsky's opera "The Rake's
Progress" in 1951. From 1956 to 1961 he was professor of poetry at
Oxford University.

In 1972, with his health declining, Auden along with Kallman left
America and moved to live in Oxford, in a cottage belonging to Auden's
old college, Christ Church. In the late 1950s, Auden and Kallman had
bought a house in Austria, where they spent six months of every year.
Auden died in Austria on 29 September 1973. Kallman was the sole
beneficiary of Auden's estate, but himself died intestate in 1975, with
the result that the estate was inherited by his next-of-kin, his father,
a New York dentist in his eighties.

This documentary reveals how Auden's 20th century poetry helps us to
have a better understanding of the 21st century and the tumultuous
political climate in which we all now live. His poetry surged in
popularity after his "Funeral Blues", a love poem from a man to his dead
male lover, featured in the movie "Four Weddings and a Funeral". After
the tragedy of 9/11 New Yorkers turned to "1st September, 1939", trying
to make sense of that senseless attack.

With contributions from writers Alan Bennett, Polly Clark, Alexander
McCall Smith and Richard Curtis, and poets James Fenton and Paul
Muldoon, all of whom share their passion for Auden and celebrate the
potent impact of his work.

Video clip of "Funeral Blues" from Four Weddings and a Funeral:

Direct DL Link (For the Countries that this video "is not available"  surprised  Here
yianangDate: Tuesday, 2017-10-03, 4:57 AM | Message # 2
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This sounds interesting, thanks!
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