NONES by W.H. Auden
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An exciting collection of short poems by one of the major poets of our time. In the melodic and connotative use of modern speech, trenchant commentary, and energetic construction, these poems are stimulating productions. The bewildering sense of loneliness as Time closes doors on nothingness, a mood prevalent in the longer poems, is sharpened here in a series of reflections as in ""Prime"" and the title poem, in which the sacrifice of the sinless self to Time is real and near. Some sharp social comment here, a humorous broadside as the college curricula based on ""Useful Knowledge"" (""read the New Yorker, trust in God; And take short views.""), and a series of incisive reflections on our spiritual predicament. Predictable.

Publisher: Random House