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In Memory of W.B. Yeats
In Memory of W.B. Yeats
by W.H. Auden

W.H. Auden’s Calling Card

What is the poet’s signature style?

Formal Dexterity

Rhyming? No problem. Perfect metrical patterns? Check. Free-wheelin', easy-on-the-tongue formlessness? Got that, too. In case you were wondering, Auden was a master of form. Yeats had that market cornered for several decades, and Auden's poetic tribute to him alludes to Yeats's technical skill by pulling out all the formal stops.

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