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Endurance, Conformity and Serenity in the Poems of W. H. Auden
By the time W. H. Auden ushers in the last phase of his poetry covering from1947 to1973 he had been in the avtumn of his life. The old age brings a change in his outlook .He seems to be in conformity with the existing situations resulting in endurance and serenity. In fact he has now come to know that the life of man is beyond control. He is indeed well known for his portrayal of man and milieu. He is not a poseur. He wants to diagnose the indispositions and prescribe a cure because of being aware of the problems of man. He wants that if man commits a sin, he must confess it. To his mind, freedom lies in the recognition of sinfulness. Man can redeem himself only by a humble confession of it anxiety and disappointment by bringing stoicism, equanimity and aplomb. "The age of Anxiety" for which W.H. Auden was awarded Pulitzer Prize delineates the wretched human condition. Four characters presented in this poem suffer from anxiety. Auden underlines the need of patient resolution to get rid of gloom and doom. He asserts to make "a secret resolve to banish /such gloomy reflection and become, /or at least appear carefree and cheerful."1 In "Epistle to a Godson" Auden's endurance and serenity is well seen. The last stanza of the poem is the gist:"Be glad your being in unnecessary/Then turn your toes out as you walk, dear,/And remember who you are, a Spender.''2 His poem "Bucolics" is a nice example of endurance and serenity. He calls upon to rejoice divine creation even in dilemmas.

Let him feel you present,
That every verbal rite
May be fittingly done,
And done in anamnesis
Of what is excellent
Yet a visible creature
Earth, Sky, a few dear names.3...

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