Tipo di esercizi
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Completamento aperto,
Completamento chiuso,
Posizionamento,
Trova errore,
Vero o falso,
Domande in serie
Libro
Performer Heritage vol.2
Capitolo
Wystan Hugh Auden
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Wystan Hugh Auden: life and works
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W.H. Auden was born in Dublin into a middle-class Anglican family. As a child, he was a voracious reader of fairy tales and legends, books about psychology and philosophical works. During his university years, he was the leader of the so-called 'London poets' and became familiar with Modernism. His group of young left-wing intellectuals drew on the artistic revolution of T.S. Eliot, James Joyce and Ezra Pound. In the first phase of his work he was deeply committed to aesthetic issues. During the General Strike of 1926, he worked for the strikers, then, while in Berlin, witnessed the rise of Nazism. In 1935 he denounced Thomas Mann's daughter, Erika, who needed a British passport to escape from Nazi Germany.
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Another Time: structure and themes
The following features refer to three sections of the collection. Choose the correct alternative.
A: This section tries to interpret great historical events like the German invasion of Poland.
B: This is the most complex and meditative section.
C: This section deals with the relationship between man and nature.
D: The poems of this section have a light comic tone.
E: This section is called 'People and Places'
F: This section celebrates the death of great figures like Freud and Yeats.
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Wystan Hugh Auden: life and works
Complete the sentences with the words below.

1. Homosexuality was considered a criminal offence in ________.
2. Being a homosexual, in 1939 Auden decided to move to ________.
3. In ________ he turned his house into a sort of intellectual commune.
4. In 1940 he published the volume Another Time, with which his ________ period ends giving way to an anti-ideological and anti-political poetry.
5. His three collections of the 1940s, New Year Letter, For the Time Being and The Age of Anxiety are characterised by difficult verse forms and show his ________ reaffirmation.
6. Auden died in ________ in 1973 after a poetry reading.
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Wystan Hugh Auden: influences
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1. In his ________ period Auden was influenced by Freud and psychoanalysis.
2. He applied Freud's models to the customs of society rather than exclusively to single ________.
3. He reckoned that the role of poetry was to tell stories of ________ people from which each may draw his own conclusions.
4. In this period he was also deeply influenced by ________.
5. Auden was convinced that people have to engage with history in order to ________ the political climate in which they live.
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Wystan Hugh Auden: the American period
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: When Auden moved to America in 1939, he became politically committed.
B: His poems of this period reveal his disillusionment with the political events of the time, such as the Republican defeat in Spain, Stalin's purge trials and the division of Eastern Europe into two spheres of influence.
C: Moving to America, he felt free from the burden of social responsibility.
D: His style in this phase was greatly influenced by English poetic culture.
E: He believed that improvement had to be achieved within society, not within the self.
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Wystan Hugh Auden: themes
Match Auden's poems with their correct description.

1. This poem deals with the problem of citizenship faced by Jews in America, when they escaped from Germany: ________
2. This poem highlights modern suffering, including unfaithfulness, sickness, the passing of time, greed and religious doubt: ________
3. In this poem the poet addresses the arrogance and greed that led dictators to gather armies, brainwash their citizens and declare war on the world: ________
4. In this poem Auden discusses how bureaucracy affects the average citizens' lives and tries to reduce them to statistics: ________
5. This poem describes the mourning and grief experienced by the bereaved: ________
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Wystan Hugh Auden: the theme of the quest
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

The theme of the quest
A: recurs in both the earlier and later periods.
B: has one precise message in Auden's poetry.
C: in the English period is the quest for a new society and a new self.
D: in the American period explores the possibility of a new life.
E: is not supported by hope for the future.
F: values the virtue of recognising one's condition in particular circumstances.
G: is absent in Auden's work.
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Wystan Hugh Auden: style
Complete the sentences with the correct information.

1. W.H. Auden was always an ________ in terms of style.
2. He tried to avoid ________.
3. He loved tradition and believed in the popularising function of ________.
4. He employed ________ verse, metre, rhyme and many poetic forms.
5. He wrote sonnets and odes as well as simple ________ forms such as ballads and songs.
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Wystan Hugh Auden: a committed writer
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: According to Auden, the poet's task was to act as a public voice.
B: He thought that it was no use addressing the problems of one's time.
C: He was interested in analysing the social, political and economic problems.
D: He had an active role in supporting the causes for freedom against tyranny.
E: He aimed to express the anxieties of the contemporary right-wing intellectuals.
F: He tried to understand how the individual might take effective political action without losing his moral integrity.
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Another Time: origins and title
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. This collection includes some of Auden's most famous ________.
2. It was composed between the eve and the ________ of WWII.
3. In this period the poet decided to ________ to the United States.
4. The title alludes to the fact that the poet entered another phase of his life through ________.
5. With this collection he turned from ________ interests towards ethical concerns addressed by his renewed faith.
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