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Wystan Hugh Auden 'n his little standy uppy writing

 
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madameshawshank



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 8:58 am    Post subject: Wystan Hugh Auden 'n his little standy uppy writing Reply with quote

ah...

someone intrigued!

methinks you'll enjoy this...I had the radio on this morning..and this program was being broadcast...I pulled over and listened to the end..joy oh joy it's here for all...(there's a bit of an introduction ..about some music program later on...then..ah..Auden!)

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/artworks/stories/2007/2092993.htm

(September 1, 1939)

http://www.gametec.com/poemdujour/Sept1.1939.html
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2007 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Madame--I enjoyed that very much! It's morning here, and my day's already made. Isn't it gratifying to hear articulate experts (on any subject) talk?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gingerpale darlin'...I could listen to John and Clive chat for hours and hours...the delight of their language..the richness..the fun...

plus the wonder..sheer and deep wonder of Auden's poetry...

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

I go goosebumpy reading those words..
He was my North, my South, my East and West...my talk..my song...

the joy of being able to meet such language!

again gingerpale, so glad you enjoyed ..
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Madame.. "Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;"

do you think *that wording* meant he knew that they would be needed again (unpacked)--that the sadness would be temporary? Pack up and dismantle are not blow up and destroy..

"John and Clive chat"--do they have a regular show/program that I could listen to? I didn't get all the references in the Auden conversation, but enough to make it worth my while Smile.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh gingerpale..only in my wildest imaginings would such chats be regular...the one you listened to was from The Melbourne Writers' Festival..(as for the sadness question..methinks deep down we all know that sadness is a state of mind..that we are all capable to turning from our dark patch to our light one...we all know that deep down methinks)

meet the wondrous Mr John Clarke:

http://www.mrjohnclarke.com/index.php?page=home

a delicious piece where Clarke plays John Howard..our Prime Minister ..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhZK2KFV8SU&feature=related

'n more (the last few seconds of this are simply priceless ...magnificent comedy)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS76DI5OR94

and a dose of clive:

http://www.clivejames.com/
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Madame as you know John Clarke is originally from NZ. When I first arrived here 30 years ago he had a show on TV called Fred Dagg. I thought he was real and that was how New Zealanders were. It was some weeks before someone explained it was a comedy and NZ'ers were quite normal.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Merci again, Madame! Things I never knew existed..

Barbara, I have not looked at them yet, but YouTube has a few films under "Fred Dagg".
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey there girls...ah Fred Dagg...brings back so many memories...I can remember laughing myself silly ....the sounds of the sheep....his brilliant voice..the Fred Dagginess of it in full flight...

I will imagine we are able to vote for John Clarke for PM next Saturday...oh what an Australia it would be!!!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh how I love that Auden poem! Do you remember the wonderful delivery the young actor made of it in Four Weddings and A Funeral! They played a recording of him on CBC radio just recently---interestingly I find some comfort in those words.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2007 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

David, that was the first time I had heard that poem and it was definitely one of the things I remember and enjoyed most about the movie. I can imagine the words bringing comfort - they are so heartfelt and from somewhere deep within.
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