What W. H. Auden Can Do For You

A review of What W. H. Auden Can Do For You by Rob Mason

The poet, like every artist presents us only with the particular, the individual, yet what he wants to do is to let us know the whole species.  The poet takes from life that which is quite particular and individual and describes it accurately in its individuality: but in this way he reveals the whole of human existence, since, though he appears to be concerned with the particular, he is actually concerned with that which is everywhere and at all times.