Autumn Sequel, a Rhetorical Poem in XXVI Cantos

Autumn Sequel, a Rhetorical Poem in XXVI Cantos

Autumn Sequel, a Rhetorical Poem in XXVI Cantos

Autumn Sequel, a Rhetorical Poem in XXVI Cantos

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In the autumn of 1938 I wrote a long occasional poem, Autumn Journal, hinged to that season. Its sequel, fifteen years later, though similarly hinged to the autumn of 1953 and so also by its nature occasional, is less so, I think, than its predecessor. Autumn Sequel contains a number of characters drawn from my personal friends. All these, for mythopoeic and other reasons, are represented under pseudonyms. Apart from allusions to the Old Masters, there are one or two to the works of my contemporaries, e.g. parody echoes of Yeats and William Empson. The last line but one of Canto XVIII is a quotation from Dylan Thomas.

Excerpts from this poem have already appeared in London Magazine and Encounter, and the bulk of it was broadcast by the B.B.C. in the summer of 1954, produced by Joe Burroughs and read by Marius Goring and Robert Irwin.

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