Sounds intriguing. How would you suggest someone with little experience of Auden prepare to tackle this book-length poem? Any good annotated introductions to his poetry? Anyone written a good introductory essay on him and his work?
How I answered this question via email:Don't start with this poem in reading Auden! Try the Selected Poems. And for critical assistance, read anything by Edward Mendelson.When and if you get around to *The Age of Anxiety*, my edition begins with a long, detailed introduction that tries to make sense of the poem.
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