Funeral Blues Analysis

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An anonymous author once wrote, “Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.” In “Funeral Blues” by W.H. Auden the speaker devotes their thoughts to the idea that grief is a powerful feeling that is caused by losing someone they loved. To do this, Auden uses tone, structure, figurative, language, and imagery to convey that grief can help people realize that no love last forever. To help his reader better understand the poem, Auden uses sad tones to communicate the speaker's emotions. Specifically, he uses solemn, gloomy, and depressing tones. For example, Auden writes, “I thought this love would last forever; I was wrong”(12). He uses this phrase to express how the speaker feels about losing their loved one. The line gives the feeling of depression. The speaker is learning that this love won’t be around forever. From this quote we can understand the feeling of heartache being experienced. The speaker also states, “For nothing now can come to any good”(16). In other words, they are saying that they have lost all hope and don’t believe life will get better after this death. Ultimately, what Auden is trying to express through his tone is that grief is the source of negative emotions. Another way Auden tries to relay his message to readers is structure. In fact, he uses sixteen lines and four stanzas has formation. The first eight lines summarize the funeral while the final eight lines outline how the speaker is coping with their loved one's death. Auden uses this format so the poem will not only make sense, but go in chronological order. From this presentation, we can understand that Auden wants readers to understand the events that got the speaker to this point. The author also wrote in an AABB rhyme scheme. For example, Auden writes, “Put crepe bows around the white necks of public doves / Let traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves” (7-8). He uses this rhyme scheme to allow the poem flow easily. We can conclude from this quote that each line is a complete thought. Once a line ends, it concludes that part of the story. Therefore, what W.H. Auden is communicating through his structure is the speaker’s perspective and thoughts about the
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