The Mood in Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden Essays

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The Mood in Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden

The poem, "Funeral Blues", by W.H. Auden tells about a person's grief and is successful in creating a very sad and depressing mood. This is achieved by the poet's use of language, word choice and sentence structure. The way in which the author describes his feeling - along with the use of rhythm and rhyme - was created in a very effective way which made it clear to the reader.

In the first stanza the depressing mood is created straight away by the poet's use of commands, which created the impression that he wanted the whole world to come to a stand still:

"Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,

Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone"
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This also emphasized how important the deceased was to the poet. The theme of everyone having to joint in the grief is continued when the use of the word 'mourners' also making it seem like there are lots of them exactly like a state funeral where there would be thousands of people who would be saddened by the news of the persons death.

The second stanza again extends the theme of how everyone should be grieving because of how special this person was and again commands are used. This time however instead wanting everything to stop, the poet wants to let everyone know about his loss:

"Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead

Scribbling on the sky the message, He Is Dead"

The extension of the idea of the importance of this person and at the same time being blunt and to the point to allow the reader to know that he feels dead inside. The one beat syllables adds to the simplicity and the effect.

Eventually in the third stanza the poet starts to show his own personal feelings by making use of the first person. Once again the language used is simple which also adds to the impact of what the poet is trying to say:

"He was my North, my South, my East and West"

This is suggesting that the person was everything to the poet. The use of capital letters emphasizes exactly how much he meant to him. The poet also
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