Epitaph on a Tyrant by W. H. Auden

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Perfection, of a kind, was what he was after,
And the poetry he invented was easy to understand;
He knew human folly like the back of his hand,
And was greatly interested in armies and fleets;
When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter,
And when he cried the little children died in the streets.

Wystan Hugh Auden
1907-1973

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About Russell Boyle

Russell Boyle is a mathematics teacher, writer, and poet. His poetry anthologies are titled The Beginning, Footprints and Loneliness. Russell is the author of the Year 7 to 8 Mathematics Short-Answer Tasks, the Year 7 to 10 Mathematics Multiple-Choice Tasks, the Year 9 to 10 Extended-Response Tasks, the solutions to the Year 12 VCAA Mathematics Exams and the Web-Programming For Beginners series of courses. Sample poems and questions may be downloaded from http://russellboyle.com
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4 Responses to Epitaph on a Tyrant by W. H. Auden

  1. Aquileana says:

    Stunning poem by Auden, dear Russell.
    Thanks for sharing and best wishes to you, Aquileana 🙂

  2. Tom Gething says:

    Any Auden is a good choice to publish. Russell, do you know when this was written and which tyrant he was writing about? Hitler perhaps?

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