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Brexit: Unfading Echoes of Mockery and Derision

I have been a devotee of W.H. Auden since my teens, and am now very grateful to have been forced at school to memorise his poem “Musée des Beaux Arts”—the one that begins, “About suffering they were never wrong, the old masters”. But I always had trouble with the lines in his more famous “September 1, 1939” that read: Waves of anger and fear Circulate over the bright And darkened lands of the earth, Obsessing our private lives … I found it hard to believe that political currents truly affect the interior or personal lives of reasonable people who are…

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