Refugee Blues’ by Auden and ‘The Last Night’ Essay

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In both texts, a key concept is implemented: ‘Despair.’ Despair is presented in both poems through the oppression of the Jewish People; in both poems they manage to create a feeling of alienation in conjunction with isolation through manipulating their imagery and tone. ‘Refugee Blues’ is rooted in the 1930′s pre-second world war, when the Jewish communities were being punished for countless mistakes they had not even made. If we break down the title of both texts we can already begin to interpret the different tones, as well as emotions that will be in the pieces. ‘Refugee’ comes from the word refuge, which means safety, safety for the people who have been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural …show more content…

We see that initially the children Andre and Jacob are almost unaware of their situation and that Andre depends upon Jacob, “Jacob’s limbs were intertwined with his for warmth,” and that maybe Jacob is a bit older and bear’s responsibility for his brother.
The Structure of ’Refugee Blues’ is simple, a rhyming couplet and a single line in each stanza. The simplicity of the poems structure helps create an easy method to portray the political image. At the end of every stanza, there is repetition of a key phrase that relates back to the rhyming couplet previously for example, ‘A thousand windows and a thousand doors,’ ‘Not one of them was ours, my dear, not one of them was ours.’ This really emphasises the feeling of devastation and travesty consequently keeping it linger in your mind to really feel the betrayal they felt. On the other hand, ‘The Last Night’s’ structure starts slowly, and explains the setting and position the Jews are in. As it begins to get ever closer to the end, it becomes more tense and frantic up to the departure of the Jews to the concentration camp; it leaves us

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