The Defeat of Youth and Other Poems

Aldous HUXLEY (1894 - 1963)

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.

Genre(s): Single author

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Defeat of Youth: Under the Trees Arthur Krolman
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Play 02 The Defeat of Youth: In the Hay-Loft Arthur Krolman
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Play 03 The Defeat of Youth: Mountains Arthur Krolman
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Play 04 The Defeat of Youth: In the Little Room Arthur Krolman
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Play 05 The Defeat of Youth: In the Park Arthur Krolman
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Play 06 The Defeat of Youth: Self Torment Arthur Krolman
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Play 07 The Defeat of Youth: The Quarry in the Wood bundy98
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Play 08 Song of Poplars Arthur Krolman
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Play 09 The Reef Renkotsu
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Play 10 Winter Dream Arthur Krolman
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Play 11 The Flowers Arthur Krolman
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Play 12 The Elms Arthur Krolman
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Play 13 Out of the Window bundy98
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Play 14 Inspiration bundy98
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Play 15 Summer Stillness Arthur Krolman
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Play 16 Anniversaries Renkotsu
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Play 17 Italy Arthur Krolman
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Play 18 The Alien Arthur Krolman
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Play 19 A Little Memory Arthur Krolman
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Play 20 Waking Renkotsu
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Play 21 By the Fire Larry Wilson
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Play 22 Valedictory Arthur Krolman
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Play 23 Love Song Arthur Krolman
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Play 24 Private Property bundy98
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Play 25 Revelation bundy98
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Play 26 Minoan Porcelain Arthur Krolman
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Play 27 The Decameron Arthur Krolman
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Play 28 In Uncertainty to a Lady bundy98
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Play 29 Crapulous Impression Arthur Krolman
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Play 30 The Life Theoretic bundy98
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Play 31 Complaint of a Poet Manqué Arthur Krolman
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Play 32 Social Amenities Arthur Krolman
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Play 33 Topiary Arthur Krolman
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Play 34 On the Bus Arthur Krolman
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Play 35 Points and Lines Arthur Krolman
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Play 36 Panic Arthur Krolman
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Play 37 Return from Business Arthur Krolman
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Play 38 Stanzas Arthur Krolman
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Play 39 Poem Larry Wilson
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Play 40 Scenes of the Mind J. McDougall
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Play 41 L'Après-Midi D'un Faune Larry Wilson
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Play 42 The Louse-Hunters Arthur Krolman
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