Funeral Blues.

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In this poem, the writer uses regular verse and traditional pattern of rhythm and rhyme to give impact to his unexpected imagery of the end of a relationship when he cuts himself off from the rest of the his life because his grief is too much. To describe the incredible pain and isolation of when someone you love leaves you and the way time seems insignificant, the writer starts the poem by reiterating the title, creating emphasis by his use of assonance of the monosyllables: Stop all the clocks. Unlike Valentine, this poem incorporates a series of metaphors to describe the writers feelings instead of using one extended metaphor; he then continues to describe the suffering he feels and the way everything that used to have a purpose stops…show more content…
I think that Auden is pointing exactly (satirically) to how ridiculous that leap is. Who or what is he writing about? Is it about a lover, male or female? This seems unlikely with the nihilistic view of being blasted out of the universe in the final stanza. A really deep love leaves something behind, even if you do not believe in an afterlife. If you gave your eulogy at a funeral, could you really say that this is the end,in a sarcastic tome, and that there is nothing more, no memories , no lasting legacies? Just nothing? ----- Funeral blues is a satirical piece which covers the theme of loss, the loss of his lover who was a politician. Auden uses Over exaggeration and creating urgency in the line 'stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone 'to show how ridiculous love can be viewed but it could be seen as a bitter devastation for him. The cliche line 'i thought love would last forever' is very poignant so presents the torture one must go through when grieving to overcome. This is also depicted in the line 'He was my north, my South, my East and West' literally he was his everything and the idea of his loss of direction clearly is emphasized to show the satirical view. ---------- In the poem Funeral Blues, W.H. Audens choice of diction allows the reader a greater understanding of the intensity and depth of feeling experienced upon the loss of a loved one. Likewise, the symbolism used by the poet
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