The BBC is currently broadcasting a season of the programmes about poetry entitled Contains Strong Language, and tonight they look at Auden.
In Stop All the Clocks director Adam Low examines how Auden and his work has been able to last in the modern era when so many of his contemporaries have faded out of memory. Auden’s poetry has appeared in various different ways, from appearing in comedy film Four Weddings and a Funeral, to helping to inspire the people of New York after the 9/11 terror attacks.
Among those contributing to the show are Alan Bennett, Richard Curtis and Alexander McCall Smith.
Stop All the Clocks: WH Auden in an Age of Anxiety is on BBC Two at 21.00.