Auden also shows a concern for the conflict that exists between love and time which is most prevalent in "Lay your sleeping head…". Here time is seen as destructive: "time and fever burn away…". And Auden is aware that he must savour the moment as it is transitory. Furthermore he sees a potential conflict between his untraditional love and the "fashionable madmen" within his society. In "As I walked out…" There is a conflict with the threat of time which cannot be beaten: "Oh let not time deceive you / you cannot conquer time".

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