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The slightly clueless character at the center of this poem recurs in the first ten or so sonnets.

Incidentally, though this was clearly an important period for him personally and as a writer, Auden apparently didn't love the traveling all that much.

Auden's recent biographer, John Fuller, has the following quote from Auden's diary from the trip: This voyage is our illness: as the long days pass, we grow peevish, apathetic, sullen; we no longer expect, or even wish to recover.

In the vein of many other Auden poems responding to War from the late 1930s, Sonnet XI is a strong injunction to joy and love against the gathering darkness of militarization.

But theme of venerable Chinese tradition and "the quick new West" is fleeting; I don't see it recur in the other poems, most of which focus more on the ambivalence of the British presence in China.

Quite possibly, it's both, mingled together ambiguously.

Auden ends the sequence with a move towards Edwardian Liberalism and E. Forster: "Yes, we are Lucy, Turton, Philip: we/ Wish international evil, are delighted/ To join the jolly ranks of the benighted/ Where resason is denied and love ignored." (Incidentally, John Fuller, in his 2000 biography of Auden, argues that Auden probably meant "intentional," not "international" evil -- following a line in Forster's -- and that this may have been an error of the compositor.) Against loveless spite is an ethos of human decency, personal intimacy, and friendship.

A postcolonial reading might focus on the frontal aggression of the stare with which the Englishman is met.