W. H. Auden: Poems

o tell me the truth about love

why do you think true love is comparef to a bird??

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 Auden is being playful. He is considering love in the form of nature, or in this section, to a small bird. Indeed, the poem expresses the idea that love cannot be pinned down. A metaphor like “love’s a little boy” or “it’s a bird” will not do; love cannot be reduced to one simple thing.