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Ever since I came across W.H. Auden’s commonplace book, the name of which I forget, I’ve been collecting extracts that appeal to me in one way or another. It’s the most impersonal, and knowing, form of autobiography there is, and … Continue reading

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Fortuitous errors

In the following line from, I think, Letters from Iceland, ‘And the ports have names for the sea’, Auden originally wrote ‘poets’, but preferred the printer’s error and left it as it was. Similarly, in the previous post, I intended … Continue reading

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