Essay about Theme of Suffering in Musee des Beaux Arts by W.H. Auden

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A poem is a great way to express your feelings as well as get your point across. Each poet tells their story but sometimes it isn't so easy to figure out what it is trying to say. There are occasions where you have to break that poem into pieces and figure the story behind that selection. These individual pieces come together like a puzzle to teach you the lesson it intended to teach. The different pieces in the poem we read can give you a general idea of suffering, the idea that people undergo pain and distress. In the poem 'Musee des Beaux Arts' by W.H. Auden it is under that suffering occurs everywhere while not always seen, however, when seen everyone is apathetic. Within the poem, Auden makes a reference to the Greek myth of Icarus.…show more content…
Once again somebody caw Icarus suffering, but their life was more important, so they just continued on with what they were doing. The myth of Icarus shows a great deal of how people see and do not see others suffering. It did not matter if they saw him or not. Each person just continued what they were doing and lived their lives. ?About suffering they were wrong, the Old Masters, how well, they understood.? This is the first line of the poem by Auden. The sentence is straight to the point about how the Old Masters knew and understood suffering. One of the more famous Old Masters is Pieter Breughel. Unlike the other painters, he painted scenes (landscapes) of peasants living their lives. In these works you can see the normality and privacy of suffering ??.it takes place while someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along? (Ruby Mary K & Marie Rose Napierkowski: 154-155). Breughel captures the lives and emotions of these people as they suffer through life with nothing but themselves. No matter what was going on, if the people were ?walking dully along? or ?opening a window?, other people were suffering. The people didn?t have a clue about how their neighbors were struggling or feeling pain. Another point in this poem is that ?Auden was concerned with the canvasses by Pieter Breughel (1528?-1629) ?? ?The Slaughter of the Innocence? and the ?Census at Bethlehem? (Ruby Mary K & Marie Rose Napierkowski: 154-155). These two pieces of art show
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