Proms Plus: W. H. Auden's The Age of Anxiety

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Aug 29, 201831m
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Proms Plus: W. H. Auden's The Age of Anxiety
Aug 29 '1831m
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W H Auden called his longest poem, The Age of Anxiety a baroque eclogue - a description which hints at its rich complexity. Its account of a meeting between four strangers in a New York bar inspired Leonard Bernstein’s second symphony and was much admired by T S Eliot. The writers Glyn Maxwell and Polly Clark explore some of the intricacies of the poem with Matthew Sweet and explain how Auden has influenced their poetry and prose. Producer: Zahid Warley

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