u003ciu003eLa ciudad conscienteu003c/iu003e is a sensitive, intelligent, and informed approach to understanding the work of two of the most symbolic English poets of the 20th Century: T.S. Eliot and W.H. Auden. These essays bring light to the way Eliot's and Auden's writings completely transformed poetry, comparing it with the nature and evolution of a city. The new poetry is replete with narrative, mixed genre, abrupt rhythms, juxtapositions, figures of speech . . . Prose and free verse become part of poetry just as diversity and unwholesomeness become part of the new concept of what a city should be.