• Modern Man - the Unknown Citizen (Auden)
    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...
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  • Endurance, Conformity and Serenity in the Poems of W. H. Auden Endurance, Conformity and Serenity in the Poems of W. H. Auden Edurance, Confirmity and Serinity in the Poems of W. H. Auden
    Endurance, Conformity and Serenity in the Poems of W. H. Auden By the time W. H. Auden ushers in the last phase of his poetry covering from1947 to1973 he...
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  • Write About the Ways in Which Auden Tells the Story in “Miss Gee”.
    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...
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  • W.H Auden
    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...
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  • Compare and Contrast Auden’s and Faulks’ Use of Detail Establish a Feeling of Alienation in ‘Refugee Blues’ and ‘the Last Night’
    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...
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  • Auden as a Modern Poet
    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...
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  • Analysis: Auden the Man
    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...
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  • What Technique Does Auden Use to Tell the Story in ‘1 September 1939’?
    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...
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  • Auden and Macneice: Anthropocentricity
    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...
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  • How Does Auden Explore the Narrative of Fear in 'O What Is That Sound'?
    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...
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  • Treatment of Classical Myths by the Modernist Poets: W. H. Auden’s the Shield of Achilles
    [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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  • WH Auden Age Of Anxiety
    Copyrighted Material INTRODUCTION The Poem The Age of A nxiety begins in fear and doubt, but the four protagonists find some comfort in sharing their distress. In even this accidental and temporary community there arises the possibility of what Auden once...
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  • Shield of Achilles by Auden
    Top of Form   Poetry Analysis:W.H.Auden's “The Shield of Achilles” 01. 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...
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  • Auden Analysis
    “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...
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  • the lullaby by W H Auden
    Lullaby   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...
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