Reflection Of Funeral Blues By W. H. Auden

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The poem ‘Funeral Blues’ starts out with a somber tone by way of the speaker being devastated because of what seems to be the recent death of a loved one. The speaker is very distraught with the death and is going through the process of preparing for a funeral. Throughout this piece the narrator is going through what seems to be a grieving period and through the use of imagery and tone, W.H. Auden shows the devastating effects that the death of a loved one has on those left behind. In the first stanza of the poem the speaker is wanting some everyday things to come to a halt during this time of grief. When the speaker says, “Stop all the clocks” the speaker is wanting time to stop because they are set at a stand still in time after the…show more content…
The image that is presented in the first line of this stanza as the speaker says “He was my North, my South, my East, and West,” would suggest that the deceased gave the speaker direction in their life and was their whole world (Auden 802). The following two lines show that the deceased was their all and was the one they would turn to daily, they were “My working week and my Sunday rest,” (Auden 802). The final line in this stanza expresses the grief of the speaker after losing someone who is an important aspect of their life. The speaker says “I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.”, this love was so strong that the speaker thought that it would last for ever and wasn’t in the realization that all things must come to an end (Auden 802). In the fourth and final stanza in this poem, the speaker expresses their desire to alter the universe to reflect their intense grief. The speaker is wanting extraordinary tasks to happen in order for them to mourn and is also trying to convey a purposeless life without the deceased. In the first line of this stanza the speaker cannot appreciate the beauty of nature by stating “The stars are not wanted now: put out every one.” and “Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,” expresses the deep despair of the speaker (Auden 802). A world without the moon or the sun demonstrates that life without the deceased isn’t worth living. The next line in the poem reveals the speaker showing how

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