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Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry$
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James Williams and Matthew Bevis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198708568

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.001.0001

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Auden’s Lear

Auden’s Lear

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Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Seamus Perry

Oxford University Press

W. H. Auden wrote one of his most impressive sonnets of the 1930s about Edward Lear, who interested him as a psychological case and also as a type of artist who was able to transform emotional injury into a unique kind of creativity. This essay explores Auden's portrait of Lear and connects it with some of the wider concerns and preoccupations of his aesthetics.

Keywords:   Edward Lear, W. H. Auden, poetry, nonsense

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