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Arthur Kirsch

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108149

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108149.001.0001

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For the Time Being

For the Time Being

(p.39) Chapter Two For the Time Being
Auden and Christianity

Arthur Kirsch

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the volume entitled For the Time Being, which consists of a similarly titled essay that Auden began writing towards the end of 1941 and finished in July 1942. Auden placed “For the Time Being” last in the volume, though he wrote it first, because he thought that the secular, if religiously informed, exploration of art in The Sea and the Mirror, which he wrote from October 1942 to February 1944 while he was teaching at Swarthmore College, should be a prelude to the manifestly religious representation of the Incarnation in “For the Time Being.” He dedicated “For the Time Being” to his mother, Constance Bicknell Auden, who had died in the summer of 1941, and with whom his faith had always been deeply intertwined.

Keywords:   art, Swarthmore College, religious representation, Incarnation, Constance Bicknell Auden

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