W. H. Auden Quote

The primary function of poetry, as of all the arts, is to make us more aware of ourselves and the world around us. I do not know if such increased awareness makes us more moral or more efficient. I hope not. I think it makes us more human, and I am quite certain it makes us more difficult to deceive.


Prose and travel books in prose and verse (ed. 1996)

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The primary function of poetry, as of all the arts, is to make us more aware of ourselves and the world around us. I do not know if such increased...

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The primary function of poetry, as of all the arts, is to make us more aware of ourselves and the world around us. I do not know if such increased...

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The primary function of poetry, as of all the arts, is to make us more aware of ourselves and the world around us. I do not know if such increased...

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The primary function of poetry, as of all the arts, is to make us more aware of ourselves and the world around us. I do not know if such increased...