Another Time by W H Auden


W H Auden’s collection of poems Another Time was published in 1940 in Britain and America. The book contains some of Auden’s best-known works, including ‘Lay Your Sleeping Head’, ‘Musée des Beaux-Arts’ and ‘Funeral Blues’ (‘Stop all the clocks’), as well as the revised version of ‘Spain’, entitled ‘Spain 1937’.

Another Time was published after Auden emigrated to the United States in the winter of 1939. His decision to leave Britain was criticised by some of his contemporaries, who accused him of deserting his homeland in a time of political unrest. The book contains poems written in England during the late 1930s alongside new verse written in America. Among the poems he wrote during his first months in America was ‘September 1, 1939’, which contained his reflections on the outbreak of World War Two. Auden dedicated Another Time to his romantic partner and collaborator the poet Chester Kallman.

Full title:
Another Time
1940, London
Faber & Faber
W H Auden
Usage terms

‘Lullaby’: Copyright © 1937 by W.H. Auden, renewed.

Reprinted by permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

‘Musée des Beaux Arts’: Copyright © 1939 by W.H. Auden, renewed.

Reprinted by permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

‘Funeral Blues’: Copyright © 1940 by W.H. Auden, renewed.

Reprinted by permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Except as otherwise permitted by your national copyright laws this material may not be copied or distributed further.

Held by
British Library

Full catalogue details

Related articles

An introduction to 'Stop all the clocks'

Article by:
Seamus Perry
Literature 1900–1950

'Funeral Blues', also known as 'Stop all the Clocks', is perhaps now most famous for its recitation in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, but its first audience encountered it as part of a play. Seamus Perry discusses the poem and its place in The Ascent of F6, co-authored by W H Auden and Christopher Isherwood.

An introduction to W H Auden's 'Lullaby'

Article by:
Roz Kaveney
Literature 1900–1950, Gender and sexuality, Exploring identity

W H Auden’s 'Lullaby' is an unconventional love poem, celebrating the impermanence and physicality of erotic – and implicitly homosexual – love. Roz Kaveney places the poem in the context of Auden’s life and times.

LGBTQ themes in the British Library collections

Article by:
Hannah Gabrielle

Hannah Gabrielle takes a look at how LGBTQ people, narratives and interpretations cut through the British Library’s vast collections.

Related collection items

Related people

Related works


Created by: W H Auden

In the words of John Fuller, this poem – one of W H Auden’s most highly regarded love lyrics – ...

'Musee des Beaux Arts'

Created by: W H Auden

W H Auden was in Brussels in 1938. As he explains in a letter of 31 August to his friend Mrs Dodds – wife of ...

'Stop all the clocks'

Created by: W H Auden

‘Stop all the clocks’ originates from a two-act play W H Auden wrote with the novelist Christopher ...

'Their Lonely Betters'

Created by: W H Auden

‘Their Lonely Betters’ is a short, four-stanza lyric poem by W H Auden. It was probably written in 1950, ...