Books: Beyond the Age of Anxiety

HOMAGE TO CLIO (91 pp.)—W. H. Auden—Random House ($3.50).

Wystan Hugh Auden is a chameleon among modern poets. He has moved from Marxism to Anglo-Catholicism, changed with startling ease from the gay garb of a tart poetaster to the grave robes of the searcher for ultimate truth. He often goes back over his poems and revises them to conform with his new sentiments. From some of his work, as his thinking turned increasingly conservative, he dropped scathing references to dons, capitalists and churchmen—for instance these lines written in 1933:

Like corrupt clergymen filthy from...

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