Auden’s “Victor”

Concluding our serialization of Allen-on-the-ballad form (from his 1980 Naropa class) with a poem, “Victor”,  by W.H. Auden AG: And then, there’s this one –  (W.H.) Auden – (We) might as well finish with Auden. Anybody ever heard of Auden’s ballads? See, Auden was a friend of Bertolt Brecht, who’s also, a German balladeer, popular-song singer, and Auden was influenced by (Sigmund) Freud. So this is a little Freudian ballad by Auden: “Victor was a little baby/ Into this world he came;/His father took him on his knee and said:”Don’t dishonour the family name.”/Victor looked up to his father/Looked up with … Read More