W H Auden: Dr Gary Day

"Using Selected Shorter Poems (Faber) this five week course will examine the nature of Auden’s poetry, its extensive range, stylistic variety, thoughtfulness and connection to his personal life. Auden’s aim, in his early work, was ‘to utter the thoughts of a wise man in the speech of the common people’ but he abandoned that somewhat lofty stance in later years, as an interest in first Freud and then Jung took him into a deeper understanding of Christianity, a faith he had swapped for Communism in his youth. A poet he said, ‘should hang around words listening to what they say’. And that is going to be our approach to the man whom Philip Larkin hailed as one of his mentors. "

Tutor: Dr Gary Day

"Dr Gary Day was a principal lecturer in English at De Montfort. He gave the centenary lecture on F.R. Leavis at Cambridge and for many years was on the committee of the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. He is the author of five books, including one on Leavis, and his latest, The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present, was described in the Times Literary Supplement as ‘an ambitious book, richly informative, consistently readable and conscientiously argued’. He has edited various collections of essays on topics ranging from Victorian literature and culture to D H Lawrence. Gary was also for many years a columnist and reviewer for the Times Higher. His essay John Bunyan: Class and Englishness will be published in the The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan"