• 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 which they are...
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  • Analysis: Auden the Man
    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 can bring in all of the exam texts that you have...
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  • Miss
    O Where Are You Going? This poem ‘was partially inspired by the traditional English folk song ‘The Cutty Wren’, which existed in many versions. It’s about a group of peasants going to the woods to kill a wren (a medieval tradition).’ Miss Gee This ballad, written in 1937, is a clear example...
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  • The Disconnected Ironic Tone of Auden's
    Wystan Hugh Auden, W.H. Auden, was a prolific writer, critic, editor, librettist, and noted playwright. In the United States, late 1930s, the disconnected ironic tone of Auden’s regular stanzas, set the style for a whole generation of poets. He is often thought of as the greatest English poet of the...
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  • WH Auden Age Of Anxiety
    find some comfort in sharing their distress. In even this accidental and temporary community there arises the possibility of what Auden once called “local understanding.” Certain anxieties may be overcome not by the altering of geopolitical conditions but by the cultivation ...
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  • history
    O what is that sound which so thrills the ear Down in the valley drumming, drumming? Only the scarlet soldiers, dear, The soldiers coming. O what is that light I see flashing so clear Over the distance brightly, brightly? Only the sun on their weapons, dear, As they step lightly. O what...
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  • Lonely Heart
    research study commissioned by the BBC in 2008, 30% of Londoners classified themselves as being lonely, in contrast to the more rural Northern Ireland where only 21% reported feeling lonely. Researchers also identified large numbers of people living alone, unmarried people, recently relocated people and...
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  • English 4 Finals
    Finals Study Guide - In Memoriam (pgs. 918-920) by Alfred, Lord Tennyson o 27. Value of person’s role in your life doesn’t diminish in value, when the o 54. We don’t need to know the purpose to have a purpose o They’re still of a value or there’s still relationship even after loss (death)...
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  • English Literature
    narrative. Very good answers were seen on all questions but some students struggled to unravel the rather odd story being told in Auden’s ‘O Where Are You Going’ and the slightly complicated story of Hardy’s ‘The Voice’. Once the story of the poem, chapter, short story or section of text has been established...
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  • Coleridge
    those fourty that my life outwent.” We can easily infer from the sonnet that Spenser was born in or abut 1542. We can also know from Prothalamion, where he speaks of … mery London, my most kindly nurse, That to me gave this life’s first native sourse; Though from another place I take my name, An house...
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  • John Donne Love Poetry
    W.H. Auden in his prose book “The Dyers Hand and Other Essays” suggests “What makes it difficult for a poet not to tell lies is that, in poetry, all facts and all beliefs cease to be true or false and become interesting possibilities…It may not, perhaps, be absolutely necessary that he believe it, but...
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  • Curiosity Killed the Othello
    Iago. “If a member of the audience were to interrupt the play and ask Iago: ‘What are you doing?’ could not Iago answer with a boyish giggle, ‘Nothing. I’m only trying to find out what Othello is really like’?” (Auden 50). Would that not be a fair answer? Society has accepted that anyone and everyone has...
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  • wisdom,humor and faith
    ece. 24 Humor, Wisdom, and Faith 25 Critics of Religious Dogmatism 26 Four Believers Who Stressed Humor: Kierkegaard, Chesterton, Niebuhr, and Auden 27 Conclusion 34 Copyright © 2011 by Walter G. Moss WISDOM, HUMOR, AND FAITH: A HISTORICAL VIEW “And frame your mind to mirth and merriment...
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  • As I Walked Out One Evening - W.H.Auden
    The poem in study is As I Walked out One Evening by W.H. Auden. His views projected in this poem are suggested to have not varied since the time he composed this piece. Unlike his other poems, this piece was never revised. Here, Auden exposes the two sides of romance through the manipulation of narrative...
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  • Poetry
    which is no glorious friend anymore but has turned into “a show”. "While prancing ranks" is also a ambiguity, if you die you ‘prance a rank’, but they also changed trenches every week so you could heal at the trench in the back and fight at the trench in the front. “The harlots” in the third sentence is...
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  • The Enfant Terrible Master of Poetry: W.H. Auden
    The Enfant Terrible Master of Poetry: W.H. Auden He has been described as "W. H. Auden, for long the enfant terrible of English poetry . . . emerges as its undisputed master" (Samson 227). W. H Auden is one of most influential poets of the Twentieth century, having written over 400 poems and countless...
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  • From How to Read Literature Like a Professor
    real reason to go—always self-knowledge Nice to Eat With You: Acts of Communion Whenever people eat or drink together, it’s communion Not usually religious An act of sharing and peace A failed meal carries negative connotations Nice to Eat You: Acts of Vampires Literal Vampirism: Nasty old man, attractive...
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  • Along For The Ride
    one THE EMAILS ALWAYS began the same way. Hi Auden!! It was the extra exclamation point that got me. My mother would call it extraneous, overblown, exuberant. To me, it was simply annoying, just like everything else about my stepmother, Heidi. I hope you’re having a great last few weeks of classes...
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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 to me The...
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  • The shadow of death hangs over all of Auden's poems. To what extent do you agree with this assessment?
    ‘The shadow of death hangs over all of Auden’s poems’. Do you agree with this assessment of Auden’s poetry. I agree with the assessment that the shadow of death hangs over all of Auden’s poems- this is because although not all of his poems have a dark, gloomy feel throughout, but they all leave...
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