Analysis of School Children by W.H Auden

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As the world evolves over the years people get new ideas, new theories, and develops a new way of thinking. Taking something so simple and elaborating on it making it sophisticated. In the Poem "School Children", W.H Auden tries to emphasize to the readers that a simple playground where inhabits their fun filled activities is actually a prison. Here I will be explaining why the poem "School Children" is actually good. For a short poem Auden packs a lot of information that he sends out to the reader making his point straight and clear. As a little boy that sees his surroundings as a prison he uses many poetic devices to prove or enhance his point. One of the variations used in this poem is a "simile" A simile is a figure of speech that, like metaphor, compares unlike things in order to describe something. Similes do not state that something is another thing, however. Instead, they compare using the word "like" or "as."On the very first line it says "Here are all the captivities; the cells are AS real. He is emphasizing that all the "prisoners" which is children are really living in a real prison environment.

On the closing statement of the 2nd paragraph it stated, "The bars of love are so strong, their conspiracies weak like the vows of drunkards" . What this verse is trying to do is compare the term the children's wrongful act to the words of a drunkardAnother device being portrayed is Imagery. Imagery is the use of words to create a picture in the mind of the reader. As the author put the readers through a stance where can we actually picture the school being a prison, with detailed descriptions on the first paragraph. 3rd paragraph "indeed their strangeness is difficult to watch; the condemned see only the fallacious angels of a vision. 4th paragraph "yet the tyranny is so easy. The improper word scribbled upon the fountain, is that all the rebellion?"(Oxymoron - Awkward Perfection)Another Device being represented is Hyperbole, which means an exaggeration of the

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