Primary And Seconday Sources In British Literature Essay

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Striking the Balance between Modern Primary and Secondary Sources In modern British writing there are many different styles and works. A writer does not generally stick strictly to prose, poetry, or non-fiction. Often times a gifted writer will write in all structures in which messages can be conveyed. They will write not only in fiction with their poems and stories, but also in non-fiction through essays, introductions to anthologies, and reviews of peers. Many writers attempt to clarify what they wish to convey and provide to the reader through their non-fiction works, which can be considered “secondary” sources, versus their fiction which will be referred to as “primary” sources. One such author who crosses into all worlds of the written word is Wynstan Hugh Auden, a British author who became famous in the time between the two World Wars. While he is known for being an exceptional poet and patriarch a group of socialist poets in the thirties named “The Auden Generation” by Samuel Hynes, he has also written a myriad of essays, scripts, and short articles. It is important to note that while Auden might have some personal bias in his writings, his non-fiction works can be used as a guideline for what he anticipates from primary sources and also the expectations he holds for the reader. In this way his secondary sources take a form of dialogue to both readers and writers, explaining what he values in literature and what message he wishes the reader to take away from his work. Specifically, he emphasizes emotion in poetry and the need to educate the lower class so that they too can read great works of poetry and prose. Admittedly Auden does carry some bias in the way he presents his arguments in both his primary and secondary sources. W. H. Auden was generally regarded as a left wing, or socialist, poet whose work often times lauded the working class and condemned

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