February 3, 2023

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Academic graffiti [by W. H. Auden]

Auden collected his clerics under the title Academic Graffiti (1952, 1970). Here are some of my favorites from Auden’s oeuvre:

As Karl Marx
Found the phrase “financial sharks”.
He sang a Te Deum
In the British Museum.


Had too much to say
He never quite could
Leave the paper white.


When the young Kant
Was asked to kiss his aunt
He obeyed the categorical must
But only.


Mr. Byron
Killed by a siren once:
His flesh was weak
your Greek.

– DL