W.H. Auden, 1907-1973
In addition to being a poet, Auden was a playwright and essayist. This book, Nones, was printed about midway through his career as a published poet.
In Nones, Auden demonstrates that he is able to write about a large range of topics. The book contains a poem for T. S. Eliot’s 60th birthday. These men had known each other since Eliot helped publish Poems, his first collection of poetry, which appeared in 1930.
Auden was known for taking traditional verse forms and making them sound modern. Edward Mendelson stated that he was "the most inclusive poet of the twentieth century, its most technically skilled, and its most truthful.”