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Defeat of Youth and Other Poems

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Though later known for his essays and novels, Aldous Huxley started his writing career as a poet. Published in 1918, The Defeat of Youth and Other Poems is his third compilation of poetry.

The volume begins with "The Defeat of Youth", a sequence of twenty-two sonnets that explores irreconcilability of the ideal and the disappointing reality. Jerome Meckier called it “the century’s most successful sonnet sequence, better than Auden’s or Edna St. Vincent Millay’s.” In the rest of the volume, Huxley continues to explore themes started in The Burning Wheel, his first volume of poetry, including vision, blindness, and other contrasts.

The volume concludes with two English translations by Huxley of two French poems: Stéphane Mallarmé’s 1876 poem “L’Après-midi d’un faune" and Arthur Rimbaud’s (1871) poem “Les Chercheuses de poux,” translated as “The Louse Hunters.”

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THE DEFEAT OF YOUTH AND OTHER POEMS

BY ALDOUS HUXLEY, AUTHOR OF "THE BURNING WHEEL."

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The Defeat of Youth 5 Song of Poplars 16 The Reef 17 Winter Dream 19 The Flowers 20 The Elms 21 Out of the Window 21 Inspiration 22 Summer Stillness 23 Anniversaries 23 Italy 25 The Alien 26 A Little Memory 27 Waking 28 By the Fire 29 Valedictory 31 Love Song 32 Private Property 33 Revelation 34 Minoan Porcelain 34 The Decameron 35 In Uncertainty to a Lady 35 Crapulous Impression... Continue reading book >>


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