"For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?"
Williams, Jessica Leigh
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The overarching themes readers and critics find in W. H. Auden’s poetry are also found in his dramas and documentary films. By approaching both the dramas and films through this perspective, as well as through the perspective of performance, Auden’s ideas about collaborative work and their connection to his exploration of tensions between the community and the individual become clearer. Auden’s eventual abandonment of the groups with which he worked on these projects thus can be seen as a rejection of a public, political role for poetry.