W. H. Auden
Lesson plans and teaching resources for "Refugee Blues" and other poems

| Biography and Background | | Lesson Plans for Specific Poems |

Biography and Background

W. H. Auden
Biography from Wikipedia.

W. H. Auden
Online literary criticism from the Internet Public Library.

W. H. Auden
Background information and links to some poems, including audio clips of Auden reading "On the Circuit," "First Things First," and "Friday's Child."

Lesson Plans for Specific Poems

"After Reading a Child's Guide to Modern Physics"
Text and audio file of Auden reading the poem.

Integrating the Internet with the Literature Lesson
Students investigate the poem "Musée des Beaux Arts" from many angles. This page includes printable handouts, extensive background information, and related links. It is also available as an MS-Word document.

"Night Mail" by W. H. Auden
This study guide includes background information and suggestions for responding to the poem.

"Refugee Blues" by W. H. Auden
This lesson plan is part of a unit commemorating the Holocaust. It includes background information, questions, related visuals, and answers. It does not include a copy of the poem.

"Refugee Blues"
Text of the poem.

"The Shield of Achilles"
Downloadable audio file of the poem (3:34).

"The Unknown Citizen"
Scroll down to find the audio file of actor Alfred Molina reading the poem.

"The Unknown Citizen"
Text of the poem with suggestions of related poems.