The More Loving One

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Critical Analysis of “The More Loving One” By W.H. Auden W.H. Auden’s “The More Loving One” is an intriguing poem that touches on the topics of love and humanity in the form of astrology. Auden uses a number of poetic devices to portray this message clearly to his audience. He doesn’t however write a direct translation of what he thinks of love but instead uses metaphors in order to challenge the readers’ imagination. Auden in this poem compares human beings to stars. This comparison can be criticised as being very unfair as stars are both literally and metaphorically above humans. This is evident upon reading “…That for all they care, I can go to hell.” The fact that he used objects of such importance allows readers to appreciate…show more content…
This is mainly due to the simple language used. Though this is quite common in Auden’s works, using direct language while discussing astrology can be quite difficult; Auden could therefore have done this on purpose. Moreover, Auden’s poem “The more loving one” engages readers on a deeper level than one would think. Reading between the lines we are able to understand that Auden is not only talking about stars but love and modernity as well. The poem is very genuine and the reader feels as if Auden means what he writes. Auden uses a similar form of writing in “As I walked out one evening” in the sense that in both, he tackles themes using un-relatable topics however makes them relate. I feel that this poem in itself is one of his works that fully encapsulates his raw

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