The English-born American writer Wystan Hugh Auden was one of the most important poets of the 20th century. Educated at Oxford, he attracted attention as a prominent member of a group of young leftist writers who generally expressed a socialist viewpoint. The poem I have chosen for this essay is "Th
I feel that Auden tells the story of Miss Edith Gee extremely well, using a wide variety of literary techniques to make it an interesting but disturbingly thought-provoking read. The story shows how our protagonist is surely going about her life, in the eyes of others, as if nothing is wrong, but wh
Compare the ways in which Auden presents identity in ‘The Unknown Citizens’ and ‘Miss Gee’.
By definition, the unknown citizen has no identity. Auden portrays a man with no great qualities and nothing that stands out from other people. He does not distinguish himself in any way from his f
Compare and contrast Auden’s and Faulks’ use of detail establish a feeling of alienation in ‘Refugee Blues’ and ‘The Last Night’
Both Sebastian Faulks and W. H. Auden write about the tales of Jewish refugees living in the time of holocaust during WW2 in their two pieces, ‘The Last N
Our speaker embarks on a rather epic journey: he plans to offer us three variations on a traditional elegy, all of which commemorate the life and work of the poet William Butler Yeats (the W.B. Yeats of the title). Things start off simply enough: the speaker imagines what it must have been like fo
These notes will aim to cement your learning about Auden and provide some new critical material for you to consider in the run up to your exam. They should however be seen as a guide rather than an answer; as the examination will be looking for your own independent thought and the way in which you c
What technique does Auden use to tell the story in ‘1 September 1939’?
Auden’s poem, 1st September 1939 – influenced by W.B Yeats’ poem, ‘Easter 1916’ – is giving the reader an insight to how corrupted society is and how most of the public do not dig deep enough for the truth. The t
A Made World: Anthropocentricity in the Works of Auden and MacNeice
In his 1941 poem “London Rain,” Louis MacNeice writes “The world is what was given / The world is what we make.” In “London Rain” itself, MacNeice does not emphasize the latter sentiment, ultimately hinting at the di
How does Auden explore the narrative of fear in ‘O what is that sound’
In his poem ‘O what is that sound’ Auden explores the narrative of fear using language devices. The poem is in the form of a ballad where two people have a dialogue and are speaking about the current situation in whic
[Abstract: The pivotal figures of paleo-modernism in English poetry have consistently expressed a profound fervor for the classical mythic world- a world that is deeply real and vivid to them. The appeal of mythic world to these poets is profound and they have sought poetic inspiration from he
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Poetry Analysis:W.H.Auden's “The Shield of Achilles”
Analysis of W.H.Auden's “The Shield of Achilles”
.“The Shield of Achilles” belongs to W.H.Auden’s collection The Shield of Achilles published in 1955The classical myth of Achilles is employed by Auden to exemplify...
“The Unknown Citizen” Analysis
W. H. Auden’s “The Unknown Citizen” is a dark satire about what can possibly
happen if political and bureaucratic principles corrode the creative and revolutionary
spirit of the individual. The poem was also titled after “tombs of the unknown...
by W. H. Auden
Lay your sleeping head, my love,
Human on my faithless arm;
Time and fevers burn away
Individual beauty from
Thoughtful children, and the grave
Proves the child ephemeral:
But in my arms till break of day
Let the living creature lie,
Mortal, guilty, but...