W.H.Auden – The More Loving One

(No.58 of my favourite short poems)


My drawing of Auden as he was in 1970 – 2001   ©

The More Loving One

Looking up at the stars, I know quite well
That, for all they care, I can go to hell,
But on earth indifference is the least
We have to dread from man or beast.

How should we like it were stars to burn
With a passion for us we could not return?
If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving one be me.

Admirer as I think I am
Of stars that do not give a damn,
I cannot, now I see them, say
I missed one terribly all day.

Were all stars to disappear or die,
I should learn to look at an empty sky
And feel its total dark sublime,
Though this might take me a little time.

W. H. Auden (1907 – 1973)



7 thoughts on “W.H.Auden – The More Loving One

  1. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem with us Roland. I am bemused at first by the first lines, being fond of looking at the stars and feeling joy from it. However, I get to see the tenderness and deep understanding of love in the second stanza.
    The two last lines leaves me quiet inside. Quite a poem.

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  2. Auden was a very complex character Roland and he shows this in his poem. I like the artwork as most pictures of Auden are from his earlier years. An enjoyable post to start the week.

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