- Thank You, Fog
"Thank You, Fog: last poems by W. H. Auden" is a posthumous book of poems by
W. H. Auden, published in 1974.
The book contains poems written mostly in 1972 and 1973; after Auden's death in September 1973 it was prepared for publication by his
literary executor Edward Mendelson, who also included an "antimasque" titled "The Entertainment of the Senses", written in 1973 by Auden and Chester Kallmanas an interpolation in a planned production of James Shirley's masque "Cupid and Death" (1653); the antimasque was commissioned by the composer John Gardner.
The shorter poems in the book, in addition to the title poem, include "Aubade", "Unpredictable but Providential", "Address to the Beasts", "Archaeology", "No, Plato, No", "Nocturne", "A Thanksgiving", and "Lullaby" ("The din of work is subdued"; titled in other editions with a title found in Auden's typescripts, "A Lullaby", which distinguishes it from a different earlier poem titled "Lullaby"). The book also includes two of the lyrics that Auden wrote for the musical comedy
Man of La Mancha, which were rejected by the original librettist of that play.
*John Fuller, "W. H. Auden: A Commentary" (1999)
Edward Mendelson, "Later Auden" (1999)
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