W. H. Auden: Poems

Published works

The following list includes only the books of poems and essays that Auden prepared during his lifetime; for a more complete list, including other works and posthumous editions, see W. H. Auden bibliography.

In the list below, works reprinted in the Complete Works of W. H. Auden are indicated by footnote references.


  • Poems (London, 1930; second edn., seven poems substituted, London, 1933; includes poems and Paid on Both Sides: A Charade[44]) (dedicated to Christopher Isherwood).
  • The Orators: An English Study (London, 1932, verse and prose; slightly revised edn., London, 1934; revised edn. with new preface, London, 1966; New York 1967) (dedicated to Stephen Spender).
  • The Dance of Death (London, 1933, play)[44] (dedicated to Robert Medley and Rupert Doone).
  • Poems (New York, 1934; contains Poems [1933 edition], The Orators [1932 edition], and The Dance of Death).
  • The Dog Beneath the Skin (London, New York, 1935; play, with Christopher Isherwood)[44] (dedicated to Robert Moody).
  • The Ascent of F6 (London, 1936; 2nd edn., 1937; New York, 1937; play, with Christopher Isherwood)[44] (dedicated to John Bicknell Auden).
  • Look, Stranger! (London, 1936, poems; US edn., On This Island, New York, 1937) (dedicated to Erika Mann)
  • Letters from Iceland (London, New York, 1937; verse and prose, with Louis MacNeice)[45] (dedicated to George Augustus Auden).
  • On the Frontier (London, 1938; New York 1939; play, with Christopher Isherwood)[44] (dedicated to Benjamin Britten).
  • Journey to a War (London, New York, 1939; verse and prose, with Christopher Isherwood)[45] (dedicated to E. M. Forster).
  • Another Time (London, New York 1940; poetry) (dedicated to Chester Kallman).
  • The Double Man (New York, 1941, poems; UK edn., New Year Letter, London, 1941) (Dedicated to Elizabeth Mayer).
  • For the Time Being (New York, 1944; London, 1945; two long poems: "The Sea and the Mirror: A Commentary on Shakespeare's The Tempest", dedicated to James and Tania Stern, and "For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio", in memoriam Constance Rosalie Auden [Auden's mother]).
  • The Collected Poetry of W. H. Auden (New York, 1945; includes new poems) (dedicated to Christopher Isherwood and Chester Kallman).
  • The Age of Anxiety: A Baroque Eclogue (New York, 1947; London, 1948; verse; won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry) (dedicated to John Betjeman).
  • Collected Shorter Poems, 1930–1944 (London, 1950; similar to 1945 Collected Poetry) (dedicated to Christopher Isherwood and Chester Kallman).
  • The Enchafèd Flood (New York, 1950; London, 1951; prose) (dedicated to Alan Ansen).[57]
  • Nones (New York, 1951; London, 1952; poems) (dedicated to Reinhold and Ursula Niebuhr)
  • The Shield of Achilles (New York, London, 1955; poems) (won the 1956 National Book Award for Poetry)[58] (dedicated to Lincoln and Fidelma Kirstein).
  • Homage to Clio (New York, London, 1960; poems) (dedicated to E. R. and A. E. Dodds).
  • The Dyer's Hand (New York, 1962; London, 1963; essays) (dedicated to Nevill Coghill).[59]
  • About the House (New York, London, 1965; poems) (dedicated to Edmund and Elena Wilson).
  • Collected Shorter Poems 1927–1957 (London, 1966; New York, 1967) (dedicated to Christopher Isherwood and Chester Kallman).
  • Collected Longer Poems (London, 1968; New York, 1969).
  • Secondary Worlds (London, New York, 1969; prose) (dedicated to Valerie Eliot).
  • City Without Walls and Other Poems (London, New York, 1969) (dedicated to Peter Heyworth).
  • A Certain World: A Commonplace Book (New York, London, 1970; quotations with commentary) (dedicated to Geoffrey Grigson).
  • Epistle to a Godson and Other Poems (London, New York, 1972) (dedicated to Orlan Fox).
  • Forewords and Afterwords (New York, London, 1973; essays) (dedicated to Hannah Arendt).
  • Thank You, Fog: Last Poems (London, New York, 1974) (dedicated to Michael and Marny Yates).

Film scripts and opera libretti

  • Coal Face (1935, closing chorus for GPO Film Unit documentary).[44]
  • Night Mail (1936, narrative for GPO Film Unit documentary, not published separately except as a program note).[44]
  • Paul Bunyan (1941, libretto for operetta by Benjamin Britten; not published until 1976).[47]
  • The Rake's Progress (1951, with Chester Kallman, libretto for an opera by Igor Stravinsky).[47]
  • Elegy for Young Lovers (1956, with Chester Kallman, libretto for an opera by Hans Werner Henze).[47]
  • The Bassarids (1961, with Chester Kallman, libretto for an opera by Hans Werner Henze based on The Bacchae of Euripides).[47]
  • Runner (1962, documentary film narrative for National Film Board of Canada)
  • Love's Labour's Lost (1973, with Chester Kallman, libretto for an opera by Nicolas Nabokov, based on Shakespeare's play).[47]

Musical collaborations

  • Our Hunting Fathers (1936, song cycle written for Benjamin Britten)
  • An Evening of Elizabethan Verse and its Music (1954 recording with the New York Pro Musica Antiqua, director Noah Greenberg; Auden spoke the verse texts)
  • The Play of Daniel (1958, verse narration for a production by the New York Pro Musica Antiqua, director Noah Greenberg)

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