Defeat of Youth and Other Poems-logo

Defeat of Youth and Other Poems

Aldous Huxley

More Information

Description:

Though later known for his essays and novels, Aldous Huxley started his writing career as a poet. Published in 1918, The Defeat of Youth and Other Poems is his third compilation of poetry. The volume begins with "The Defeat of Youth", a sequence of twenty-two sonnets that explores irreconcilability of the ideal and the disappointing reality. Jerome Meckier called it “the century’s most successful sonnet sequence, better than Auden’s or Edna St. Vincent Millay’s.” In the rest of the volume, Huxley continues to explore themes started in The Burning Wheel, his first volume of poetry, including vision, blindness, and other contrasts. The volume concludes with two English translations by Huxley of two French poems: Stéphane Mallarmé’s 1876 poem “L’Après-midi d’un faune" and Arthur Rimbaud’s (1871) poem “Les Chercheuses de poux,” translated as “The Louse Hunters.” Summary by Mary Kay.

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

1h 24m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:09


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:08


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:54


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:15


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

00:54


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

00:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

00:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

00:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:14


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:12


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

00:57


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:23


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

00:45


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:00


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:06


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:27


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

00:55


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:10


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

00:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

00:55


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

00:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:39


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:58


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:51


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:55


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:10


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:02