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Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden

For those of you who enjoy poetry I'm sharing this link to the poem "Funeral Blues" by W. H. Auden.  The last stanza of the poem was used as an epigraph for the previously reviewed (see below) Pack Up The Moon by Anna McPartlin.  The novel's title comes from a line in the last stanza of "Funeral Blues."  I rather enjoyed the poem after I looked it up in its entirety and thought others would too.

Wystan Hughes Auden (1907-1973) was born in York, England, but later achieved U.S. citizenship.  In addition to poetry, he also wrote many prose essays and reviews on a variety of themes that he also addressed in verse.  He was also involved in performance art and documentaries.  After teaching stints at the University of Michigan and Swarthmore College, Auden worked in Europe for the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey at the close of the second World War.  Upon completing this work he returned to the U.S. where he continued his teaching career at several American universities.  Towards the end of his life Auden spent several years teaching poetry at Oxford University in England where he'd moved his winter home; he died in Vienna, Austria, where he spent summers.  [from Wikipedia]

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