Tell Me the Truth about Love by W.H. AudenHad he been writing now, W.H. Auden might well have penned a poem entitled Tell me the Truth About Publishing, for the publication of this special, short collection was directly inspired by the runaway success of the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral in which one of Audens poems was recited.
Stretching from October 1932 to June 1948, the poems may have been more revelatory had they been arranged chronologically but commercial demands have placed Funeral Blues, forevermore known as the poem in the movie, at the end, while Lullaby, arguably a better poem, is tucked away inside. The period partly coincides with Auden going to America in January 1939 and Calypso pulses with the rhythm of a train taking him to his New York rendez-vous at Grand Central. For there in the middle of that waiting-hall, / Should be standing the one that I love best of all.
Many of the poems have the same jolly air and belting rhythm and indeed were written as cabaret songs. At Last the Secret is Out must have been tongue-in-cheek considering Audens sexuality, yet the cover of this slim tome is resolutely heterosexual. But for dipping into Audens work, this volume serves its purpose.
Funeral Blues captures the sense of disbelief that the world has the audacity to continue after one has been bereaved. The Cole Porter tone of flippancy and humour--Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves, makes the understated grief all the more poignant. He declares the emblems of romance redundant. The stars are not wanted now; put out every one. He swings from the grandiose to the mundane and in doing so, sweeps the reader up in the aura of all-emcompassing love. He was my North, my South, my East and West, / My working week and my Sunday rest.
Lullaby retains immense mystery and power. Here he evokes the preciousness of one night spent with someone who isnt his. Let the living creature lie, / Mortal, guilty, but to me, / The entirely beautiful. It leaves much unexplained, yet quite particular, so that it draws one back again and again: Lay your sleeping head, my love, / Human on my faithless arm... What an astonishing opener. --Cherry Smyth
Tell Me the Truth about Love
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Does it look like a pair of pyjamas, Or the ham in a temperance hotel? Does its odour remind one of llamas, Or has it a comforting smell? Is it prickly to touch as a hedge is, Or soft as eiderdown fluff? Is it sharp or quite smooth at the edges? O tell me the truth about love.
Does it look like a pair of pyjamas, Or the ham in a temperance hotel? Does its odour remind one of llamas, Or has it a comforting smell?
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Streetwise Opera is a charity that provides singing lessons and performance opportunities for people that have experienced homelessness. A co-production with Northern Sinfonia, its latest show Tell Me the Truth About Love is a joyous and passionate celebration of Tyneside past and present. This is not an opera in the traditional sense. The music of Britten and Tchaikovsky is joined by traditional folk tunes, s power ballads and even Jimmy Nail. Martin Rivers, who plays wedding guest Malcolm, has a gentle soulful voice, while Louise Webster is highly entertaining as the larger-than-life bride.