Wystan Hugh Auden, known more commonly as W. H. Auden, was born on the 21st February 1907, in York. Auden was the third of three children, all sons.
Auden’s first school was St. Edmund’s School, Hindhead, Surrey, where he met Christopher Isherwood. At 13 he went to Gresham’s School in Norfolk. Until 1922 Auden expected to pursue a career as a mining engineer, and the abandoned lead mines of northern England were a “sacred landscape” for him. Then a school friend Robert Medley who was two years ahead of him, first suggested that he might write poetry