'For W. H. Auden' by Richard Wilbur: From The Atlantic Archives

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Throughout April, as a celebration of National Poetry Month, we're highlighting the work of Richard Wilbur, the former national poet laureate who turned 90 earlier this year. Today's selection is "For W. H. Auden," which first appeared in the October 1979 issue of The Atlantic.

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