Sunday, July 08, 2007

Kerouac or Auden?


I'm debating whether to read Scattered Poems by the former or Poems Selected for the latter. But my question really is if you could have lunch with one, whom would you choose?

Auden for me:

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one:
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods:
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

4 Comments:

Blogger Forsoothsayer said...

a more sentimental me had the verse "In the deserts of the heart
Let the healing fountains start,
In the prison of his days
Teach the free man how to praise." up on her wall for years.

he was the shiznit.

2:44 PM  
Blogger Basil Fawlty said...

That's lovely, I'd never heard it before. I'm going with Auden..Kerouac is so instrinsically American that I'm not sure what I'll make of his poetry. Auden is much more adept at talking about the universal human condition.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Forsoothsayer said...

that verse was by auden.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Basil Fawlty said...

I know that...I googled it before I wrote you.

11:56 AM  

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