Three Faces of WH Auden

5.0/5

Critic Rating

In this new three-part series marking 50 years since Auden’s death, Michael Symmons Roberts sets out to consider those three different aspects of Auden’s massive body of work, beginning with a look at the political poet who in his early years was perhaps the leading voice of the British cultural left.


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Edward Wickham • Church Times Sep 29, 2023

"If the criterion for a programme’s success is that it encourages us to explore further, then this was a consummate success — although, if we now dash to pick up an anthology only to find ourselves bewildered, it is not for lack of warning. Nobody here pretended that Auden’s poetry was easy."

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Score: 5

James Marriot • The Times UK Sep 22, 2023

"...superbly intelligent...You feel there is nothing he would rather be doing than making this radio programme about this poet. I think even taking into account my pro-Auden bias, Three Faces of WH Auden is the best thing Radio 4 has done this year. Someone give Symmons Roberts a microphone, some more dosh and let him do another poet."

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