Essay W.H Auden

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STOP ALL THE CLOCKS
Our presentation is about the poem Stop all the clocks by W.H. Auden, the poem is also known as the Funeral Blues. Wystan Hugh Auden was born in York, North Yorkshire on the twenty first of februari 1907 and died on the twenty ninth of september of 1973 in Vienna. He is an english poetry writer, and made his debut in the thirties and fourties. It is first published in 1936, but the final version came in 1938. The first version is not only less known but has 1 stanza more then the final, which has four. Only the first two stanzas are the same in both versions. This poem was written to be sung by the soprano Hedli Anderson, in a setting by Benjamin Britten, who is an english componist In the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral of 1994 is the poem Funeral Blues recited by the character Matthew at a funeral. Because of this the poem became very well known by the audience. The movie Body of Lies starts with a quote of Auden:

I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return.
We will now recite the poem.
Stop all the clocks.

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

The poem stop all the clocks consist of four quatrains, in other words four verses consisting of four lines. All verses have paired...
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