Poetry makes nothing happen.— W.H. Auden, 1939
. . . even the millionth tragedywent uncelebrated the day
the world was born. No cake.No sacred confetti . . .
When Auden made one of the most disputed literary claims of the century, a claim as misconstrued as it is quoted (and often misattributed to Pound), it was after facing censure from erstwhile Marxist groupies for not...