Poets on Power (and its loss)

Turning the pages of a collected Auden, one's eye repeatedly catches something that seems strikingly appropriate to the state of Europe today.

Issue: Fall 1993

In the spring of 1939, at the end of what he was to call "a low dishonest decade," W.H. Auden looked back across the Atlantic at the continent he had just left and wrote:

"In the nightmare of the dark
All the dogs of Europe bark,
And the living nations wait,
Each sequestered in its hate;
Intellectual disgrace
Stares from every human face,
All the seas of pity lie
Locked and frozen in each eye."

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