Books: Who Am I Now?

CITY WITHOUT WALLS AND OTHER POEMS by W. H. Auden. 124 pages. Random House. $4.50.

With his ageless, cigar-store Indian's face, his schoolboyish cleverness and his endless role playing—political poet, lyric poet, religious poet—W. H. Auden was doomed to be regarded as the most promising poet in the English language. Right up to the threshold of old age. In fact, from the moment his first book of poems appeared when he was 23 and just down from Oxford, Auden was permanently assigned the prospect of becoming T. S. Eliot's successor. That has turned out...

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