W.H. Auden’s “daydream College for Bards.”


When you think of it, that would be a pretty darn good education. I don’t know how one would grade the taking care of domestic animals. But still.

When I read this last summer, it seemed familiar. Then I remembered that poet-critic-translator Clayton Eshelman refers to this “daydream College for Bards” in the sections of essay “Novices,” which appears in the collection Conversant Essays.

Why did I remember?

Because Mark Rudman assigned the book in a class I took. In graduate school.


2 Replies to “W.H. Auden’s “daydream College for Bards.””

  1. So far so good, but where’s the learning of music? Bards are not just good with words, but also with music, and some with dance. But music is required.

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