The English poet W.H. Auden wrote "Partition" in 1966. Though it never mentions him by name, the poem describes Cyril Radcliffe: the British lawyer who was tasked with drawing the boundaries during the 1947 Partition of India, which divided the country into a Hindu-majority India and a Muslim-majority Pakistan. The poem illustrates how little thought or care the British put into a decision that would affect millions of people, depicting Radcliffe as rushed and ill-prepared. The poem also implicitly critiques colonialism in general, presenting it as a system that allows outsiders to make decisions for groups of people they don't fully respect or understand. "Partition" was published in Auden's 1969 collection, City Without Walls.