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Defeat of Youth and Other Poems

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

1. The Defeat of Youth: Under the Trees
2. The Defeat of Youth: In the Hay-Loft
3. The Defeat of Youth: Mountains
4. The Defeat of Youth: In the Little Room
5. The Defeat of Youth: In the Park
6. The Defeat of Youth: Self Torment
7. The Defeat of Youth: The Quarry in the Wood
8. Song of Poplars
9. The Reef
10. Winter Dream
11. The Flowers
12. The Elms
13. Out of the Window
14. Inspiration
15. Summer Stillness
16. Anniversaries
17. Italy
18. The Alien
19. A Little Memory
20. Waking
21. By the Fire
22. Valedictory
23. Love Song
24. Private Property
25. Revelation
26. Minoan Porcelain
27. The Decameron
28. In Uncertainty to a Lady
29. Crapulous Impression
30. The Life Theoretic
31. Complaint of a Poet Manqué
32. Social Amenities
33. Topiary
34. On the Bus
35. Points and Lines
36. Panic
37. Return from Business
38. Stanzas
39. Poem
40. Scenes of the Mind
41. L'Après-Midi D'un Faune
42. The Louse-Hunters

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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.”