Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Goodness Mr Auden

Base Words Are Uttered
Base words are uttered only by the base
And can for such at once be understood;
But noble platitudes — ah, there's a case
Where the most careful scrutiny is needed
To tell a voice that's genuinely good
From one that's base but merely has succeeded.

WD Auden
Written 1940.

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