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by Edward Mendelson,Arthur C. Kirsch,Arthur Kirsch

Author: Edward Mendelson,Arthur C. Kirsch,Arthur Kirsch
Subcategory: Poetry
Language: English
Publisher: Princeton University Press; First Edition edition (April 27, 2003)
Pages: 152 pages
Category: Fiction and Literature
Rating: 4.9
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It sounds like Auden's lecture series would be 'more fun' than The Sea and the Mirror, doesn't it.

This book will fascinate all readers of Auden, and of Shakespeare. Kirsch explains that in the concluding lecture to his New School course he praised Shakespeare for his consciousness of these limitations. There's something a little irritating in the determination of the very great artists, like Dante, Joyce and Milton, to create masterpieces and to think themselves important. It sounds like Auden's lecture series would be 'more fun' than The Sea and the Mirror, doesn't it.

The poem begins in a theater after a performance of The Tempest has ended. You know you don't understand a book when every five minutes you think, "yeah, I like that," but don't know how it fits into the speaker, the scene, or the work. Here's a passage I enjoyed.

Auden, written 1942–44, and first published in 1944. Auden regarded the work as my Ars Poetica, in the same way I believe The Tempest to have been Shakespeare’s. The poem is a series of dramatic monologues spoken by the characters in Shakespeare's play after the end of the play itself.

Written in the midst of World War II after its author emigrated to America, "The Sea and the Mirror" is not merely a great poem but ranks as one of the most profound interpretations of Shakespeare's final play in the twentieth century. As W. H. Auden told friends, it is "really about the Christian conception of art" and it is "my Ars Poetica, in the same way I believe The Tempest to be Shakespeare's. Princeton University Press. Part III "Caliban to the Audience".

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Written in the midst of World War II after its author emigrated to America, "The Sea and the Mirror" is not merely a great poem but ranks as one of the most profound interpretations of Shakespeare's final play in the twentieth century. As W. H. Auden told friends, it is "really about the Christian conception of art" and it is "my Ars Poetica, in the same way I believe The Tempest to be Shakespeare's." This is the first critical edition. Arthur Kirsch's introduction and notes make the poem newly accessible to readers of Auden, readers of Shakespeare, and all those interested in the relation of life and literature--those two classic themes alluded to in its title.

The poem begins in a theater after a performance of The Tempest has ended. It includes a moving speech in verse by Prospero bidding farewell to Ariel, a section in which the supporting characters speak in a dazzling variety of verse forms about their experiences on the island, and an extravagantly inventive section in prose that sees the uncivilized Caliban address the audience on art--an unalloyed example of what Auden's friend Oliver Sachs has called his "wild, extraordinary and demonic imagination."

Besides annotating Auden's allusions and sources (in notes after the text), Kirsch provides extensive quotations from his manuscript drafts, permitting the reader to follow the poem's genesis in Auden's imagination. This book, which incorporates for the first time previously ignored corrections that Auden made on the galleys of the first edition, also provides an unusual opportunity to see the effect of one literary genius upon another.