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The Unknown Citizen

The Unknown Citizen


by W. H. Auden

The Unknown Citizen Resources


Four Weddings and a Funeral

Auden is called a "splendid bugger" in this classic romantic comedy.

The Night Mail

A video created by the government featuring a musical setting for Auden’s poem "The Night Mail." The music is by the composer Benjamin Britain, one of the heavyweights of the last century.

Auden Trailer

Books have trailers? Apparently this one does. It’s about Auden’s relationship to England.


Auden in 1970

Auden reading some of his poems in 1970.

Bowery Poetry Club

A performance of Auden’s "Refugee Blues."

Two More Poems

Auden reads two other poems: "Under Which Lyre" and "Law Like Love"

BBC Interviews

Excerpts from interviews with Auden conducted by the British Broadcasting Company.

"On the Circuit"

An Auden poem called "On the Circuit," read by the author. You can hear the audience laughing at his dry, British humor.


Marble Monument

The Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.

Le Soldat Inconnu

Means "Unknown Soldier" in French. This tomb is located beneath the famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

W.H. Auden

A black-and-white photo of the poet as a young-ish man.


Every "Modern Man" needs one!


The Island: W. H. Auden and the Regeneration of England, by Nicholas Jenkins

One of the most recent books about Auden, The Island was published in 2008.

Collected Poems

Auden wrote a lot of poetry. 976 pages worth.


The Auden Society

There’s an entire society devoted to Auden, so we’re not surprised that this is, bar none, the best website about him. Don’t miss it.


The Auden page on the website poets.org.

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