W. H. Auden's Poetry: "The Age of Anxiety", Part One (02:47)
Emble wonders if others understand his journey as he does. James Macandrew explains that W. H. Auden believed he should provide a dissenting voice to societal pressures. A poet is a traveler. This performance of Auden's poem "The Age of Anxiety" is from a 1958 episode of "Camera Three."
"Prospero to Ariel" (01:13)
The narrator ponders a journey that he needs to begin. Listen to a recitation of the poem by Auden.
"At Last, the Secret Is Out" (00:58)
Two actresses recite the stanza by Auden. The narrator muses that the secret has finally been divulged to the world. This poem is also called "Song VIII."
"A Misunderstanding" (00:57)
Listen to a recitation of the poem. The dream atmosphere of the sonnet refers to the professor's psyche.
"A Healthy Spot" (01:29)
Listen to a recitation. The poet wonders if the objects of the poem ever think imaginatively or ask questions about their world.
"Age of Anxiety", Part Two (02:05)
Listen to Rosetta's speech in the poem. The character muses on finding a place where she belongs.
"Age of Anxiety", Part Three (00:30)
Auden demonstrates how a wartime radio newscast can be transformed into poetry.
"The Orators" (03:20)
Auden elaborates on wartime training. Listen to an excerpt from Part III.
"O What is that Sound" (01:13)
A man is concerned when the army approaches. The rhythm of the poem is used to imitate marching soldiers.
"For the Time Being: A Christmas Oration" (04:54)
Auden wrote this poem during World War II. Listen to an excerpt.
Listen to a love poem spoken to someone who is sleeping. The narrator ponders the death of her lover.
"As I Walked Out One Evening" (02:48)
The narrator eavesdrops on two lovers by the river on his perambulation. Listen to the poem by Auden.
"If I Could Tell You" (01:03)
The narrator ponders how the future is unpredictable and inescapable. Listen to the poem by Auden.
"Nocturne Poem" (02:15)
Listen to an actor recite the poetry. Macandrew notes that next week's guest will be Auden himself.
Credits: W. H. Auden's Poetry Performed (00:44)
Credits: W. H. Auden's Poetry Performed
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