Unknown Citizen Essay

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  • The Unknown Citizen Summary

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    of a state official praising a citizen who died. W. H. Auden’s “The Unknown Citizen” criticizes the government for not truly caring about its people. The government commends its citizens only when they do not interfere with the state’s agenda. In this poem, one specific man is what the state considers an ideal citizen, so they build a monument for him after he dies. The words of this poem are their tribute to this citizen for his respectable life. Their ideal citizen, though, is one who blindly follows

  • The Unknown Citizen Explication Essay

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    Werner 05 March 2012 The Unknown Citizen By W. H. Auden Several conflicts are dramatized in The Unknown Citizen, the most prominent being: conformity of the middle class, government manipulation, and the loss of individualism to the standards of an average citizen. The speaker of this poem is non-traditional as the poem is, in fact, an inscription on a “marble monument erected by the State.” The inscription is dedicated to a “JS/07 M 378”—presumably, “The Unknown Citizen,” although this term only

  • The Unknown Citizen Poem Analysis

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    Message Exchange Three Messages Citizen, Old, and Anyone Many may say that within every piece of literature, object, and spoken word there is a deeper meaning, or perhaps a hidden message. These hidden meanings are often hard to find and require more thought. In the three poems “The Unknown Citizen”,“Old Age Sticks” , and “Anyone lived in a Pretty How Town” there is a hidden meaning behind each word. Some could say that they all tie together

  • The Unknown Citizen Poem Analysis

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    you grow older than old seems farther away. Wystan Auden and E. E. Cummings were poets that wrote The Unknown Citizen, old age sticks, and anyone lived in a pretty how town, one message that all three of these poems brought was getting old is not fun. First off, in Citizen, it tells of a normal man, a man that does not do anything special and is the perfect role model for what an average citizen should be like. This man does what he is told and does not do anything that is bad or shamed upon. Auden

  • The Unknown Citizen By Auden

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    “The Unknown Citizen,” written by W. H. Auden, is a poem that describes a man who lived a life most people would see as ideal. The man illustrated by this poem did what society expected him to do, which resulted in a model life. This poem, however, can be seen in more than one way. Some may see the story in the poem as a description of a man who had an unfulfilling life because he did exactly what was expected of him. Instead of trying something new, exploring the world, or making a change, the man

  • The Unknown CItizen by W.H. Auden Essay

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    “The Unknown Citizen”      “The Unknown Citizen” by W.H. Auden, is a commentary on government and the materialism of modern man. The poem is written in the form of an obituary inscribed on a monument built by the government in commemoration of an average, upstanding, and decent community member. Throughout the passage, the speaker lists facts about the citizen’s life which he believes prove that the deceased was a valuable person. In actuality these facts represent nothing more than the socially

  • Wystan Hugh Auden's The Unknown Citizen

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    the event that perhaps was the most substantial of them all: World War 2. As these events transpired, the face of America as a nation shifted in all arenas politically, economically and socially, garnering the attention of its citizens as well as the attention of citizens of other foreign countries. One of those individuals was renowned English poet, Wystan Hugh Auden (W.H Auden). Born in York, England in 1907, he moved to the United States in 1939

  • Comparing Kafka's The Metamorphosis And The Unknown Citizen

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    called “The Unknown Citizen”, written by W.H. Auden, expressed the idea that “scientific data fails to capture the human quality of life” and that “our lives are largely shaped and dictated” by a greater society leading to the loss of a meaningful life (“The Unknown” 301). Despite the difference in the plot of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and Auden’s “The Unknown Citizen”,

  • Poem Analysis: The Unknown Citizen Essay

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    those who actually never do anything. However, the "Unknown Citizen" has a monument built as a symbol of his perfection. Thus, Auden's "The Unknown Citizen" shows how the government makes each individual merely a number unless they do not conform to society's norms. The monument of the "unknown citizen" is erected not to honor the memory of a man, but to show how he is the perfect example of a good citizen (Auden). In this poem, the citizen is just an average person who never stands out among

  • An Analysis Of ' The Unknown Citizen ' By F. H. Auden

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    to them without any complaints. Each of the three literary writings has a character that is considered rebellious within the norms of society. A rebellious person is someone who does not follow the rules that are given to them. The poem “The Unknown Citizen” by W. H. Auden is mainly about an unnamed man who is a conformist, because he listens to all the rules that are made for the society. On the other hand, the short story “A & P” by John Updike and the play “Antigone” by Sophocles there is a conformist

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