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- adjective Recalling the style of W H Auden (1907-1973),
Anglo-American poet, whose work is characterized by stylisticand technical achievement, its engagement with moraland politicalissues, and the relationship between unique human beingsand the anonymous, impersonal world of nature.
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When W.H. Auden named him the Yale Younger Poet in 1952, he was writing Audenesque lines — these, for instance, from an eighty-line stanzaic masque presaging a deluge:
He goes on to recommend learning a craft or taking up a trade that does not “involve the manipulation of words,” a very Audenesque piece of advice that his own industrious practice as an essayist and anthologist belies.