Posts Tagged ‘Manhattan’

On September 1, 1939, Hitler’s Germany invaded Poland, thereby starting World War II.  W.H. Auden expressed his anger and sadness over the outbreak of the global war in his poem “September 1, 1939”, which was published the following month.  Auden was in Manhattan when he wrote the poem.  In the days following September 11, 2001, people turned to the poem and it was widely reproduced, its relevance discussed and analyzed in the light of modern events.  Listen to the poem.  Do Auden’s words and images still resonate ten years after 9/11?  What do you think?  Find more of Auden’s poems at your library.

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