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Proms Plus: W. H. Auden's The Age of Anxiety

Writers Polly Clark and Glyn Maxwell explore the world of W H Auden’s The Age of Anxiety with Matthew Sweet and explain their love of his work.

W H Auden called his longest poem, The Age of Anxiety a baroque eclogue - a description which hints at its rich complexity. Its account of a meeting between four strangers in a New York bar inspired Leonard Bernstein’s second symphony and was much admired by T S Eliot. The writers Glyn Maxwell and Polly Clark explore some of the intricacies of the poem with Matthew Sweet and explain how Auden has influenced their poetry and prose.

Producer: Zahid Warley

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31 minutes