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WH Auden was born in York in 1907 During his studies in school he excelled in sciences and thought of being a mining engineer He also started reading Freud and acting in school plays In the winter of 1922 Auden published his first poem in the school magazine Autumn of 1925 Auden enrolls in the Christ Church College Oxford where he studied the natural sciences as well as economics politics and some philosophy He was known as a teaching poet His poems and his essays on poetry inform and even provide pointed morals Johnson 27 Throughout his later life he taught in schools and colleges Auden abandoned his beliefs in Christianity and later expressed openly his homosexuality At age 26 Auden fell in love with a man who was younger than he was Johnson 30 Although he published love poems earlier now he started writing more openly and freely He started living his life happily participating in school events and making new friends He was slowly becoming a lyrical poet writing poems of love between friends lovers family and the human race In the early 1930sAuden belonged to a circle of promising young poets who were strongly advocated liberal or radical actions to effect change in politics In 1930 Auden professionally publishes his first volume of Poems The book focused on English capitalist society as well as societal problems In 1935 Auden still involved in a homosexual relationship got married The Nazis in threatened Erika Mann and in order to protect herself she asked Christopher Isherwood to marry her Isherwood felt that it would be a better idea if Auden would marry her Johnson 32 Never met before the ceremony Auden and Mann got married and he dedicated a collection of poems to her Auden moved to New York in 1939 where he met his lover Chester Kallman Johnson 36-37 Kallman and Auden traveled across America where Auden would often write
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