Now on to the revealing of the clues that I planted along the way, particularly the first four days. I took my challenge to be that of planting solid, actual clues, but not such that would be easily Googlable, unless you already happened to at least be on the right track via your own knowledge of literature and poetry.
DAY ONE: "As I Look To My Future, 1928"
Here you are given a vague reference as to age, by my revealing the year, 1928, and describing the person as a "young man." That is also, of course, where you get your gender clue. How young? Well, you know he's through with school, and that he is some sort of writer, and he has already submitted work for publication and been rejected. And therein lies the BIG clue from this entry--that his first collection of poems (though I have not yet identified him as a poet) was rejected by the publishing house Faber and Faber, by an editor named T. S. Eliot. I expected everyone to know who T.S. Eliot was.
More obscure clues in this entry were the setting of the stage of Auden's social awareness, his British birth, his strong belief in a Nordic ancestry, and, through a VERY obscure reference, his actual specific place of birth--I've now hyperlinked a reference:
"I might as well consign myself now to be eaten by worms, then ducks, and ultimately you, dear reader, as is the way in that oft-sung song of my childhood home."
You might have gotten that one had you been actually FROM Yorkshire.
DAY TWO: "Looking Back On A Decade Of Permutation and Eclecticism, 1938"
This was the post that served up the winner of the "Grand Prize," Lisa of zeldafitz fame. But if she beat you to it, do NOT feel bad. She is, after all, a genius of near-freakish proportions. I also had, I believe, two other correct guesses on that day, close on her heels. Most incorrect guesses up to this point were Ezra Pound and George Orwell. Good guesses, both.
On to the clues:
"And all the while, all during our many machinations, Nature and Life go on at their own pace, oblivious to our personal, individual comedies and tragedies...but then, I've already written on that theme and the great painting that illustrates it, so I'll leave it alone here."Click the image for a large-scale view of Bruegel's painting...Icarus' legs are just visible in the water in the lower-left quadrant of the canvas.
This was my way of plugging in a direct reference, without actual quoting that would lend itself to a Google search, to one of Auden's most well-known poems, Musee' des Beaux Arts.
"...who do you think did me the honor of publishing me for the very first time, Dear Reader? Why, none other than T.S. Eliot himself, in his very own periodical..."
T.S. Eliot put out what would now be called a literary magazine, called The Criterion, in which he published Auden's verse play, "Paid On Both Sides," in 1930. This quite literally launched his career, and his first volume of poems, titled "Poems," was also published that very same year, to great acclaim.