Reflections on WH Auden’s New Year Letter – Part 1 MP3


27MB downloadable MP3 audio file. 59 minutes in length.


In 1940 when Europe was being ravaged by war a 33 year old W. H. Auden penned his ‘New Year Letter’ to a friend. In 1990 Gil Bailie spent some time reflecting on this long poem full of erudite references to historical, literary, political and religious subjects. Part 1 of a 3 part series.

“We are, I know not how, double in ourselves, so that what we believe we disbelieve and cannot rid ourselves of what we condemn.” – Montainge

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Mr. Bailie references the following works in his discussion of Auden’s New Year Letter:

The Descent of the Dove: A Short History of the Holy Spirit in the Church by Charles Williams