From Memory

“September 1, 1939,” poem by W. H. Auden, https://www.poets.org

This is the longest poem I’ve memorized so far. It has nine stanzas, each of which has eleven lines. There’s a regular rhyme scheme. I detect a three-beat cadence. I read somewhere that Auden repudiated this poem in later life, but I have an affection for it. It speaks not only to his moment but, eerily, to ours as well.

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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