W. H. Auden  
  FOR THE TIME BEING  
  A Christmas Oratorio  
 

 

W. H. Auden's remarkable long poem FOR THE TIME BEING: A Christmas Oratorio was written during the dark times of World War II. The poem is about 1500 lines long, or 52 pages. (For comparison: Shakespeare's Macbeth is about 2100 lines long.) Unfortunately, the entire poem is under copyright and not available online. Here is a book containing the poem:

Descriptions and Reviews:

Performance: December, 2008 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City:

Excerpts from the Poem: