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Sophie Ratcliffe

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239870

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239870.001.0001

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W. H. Auden: ‘as mirrors are lonely’

W. H. Auden: ‘as mirrors are lonely’

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On Sympathy

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This chapter considers Auden's longer poems, especially The Sea and the Mirror, with reference to his ideas about sympathy and theological belief. It demonstrates how Auden's concerns about Freudian developmental theories of emotion and sympathy affected his formal choices, particularly his use of allusion and rhyme. Formerly unnoticed allusions to Henry James's writing in Auden's poetry are explored. Chapter 3 counters post-structuralist readings of later Auden demonstrating that this repeated use of allusion has a theological intent.

Keywords:   analogy, Auden, existentialism, Freud, Henry James, parody, Otto, The Sea and the Mirror, incarnation, postmodernism, post-structuralism

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