WH Auden

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“Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone” This piece of text is a poem revolved around funeral blues, and the grief people feel when a loved one dies. “Stop all the clocks” was written by W. H. Auden and was first published as “Song IX” FROM “Twelve Songs” printed in England, in 1936. It was reprinted under its present title in “Tell me the truth about love” printed in America 1976. The purpose of the text is, due to its emotive nature, an outlet for Auden’s grief about the death of one of his close friends. W. H. Auden uses a wide variety of language techniques in his poem to impact on the reading of the text. His use of tone, the use of emotive language and word choice, concepts in the text, and the content of the text very successfully portray change in the text. The tone of the poem is a very negative depressed one. This is due to the fact that the poem is about a funeral, and how some people feel when someone close to them has died. By using this tone, Auden shows the change he has undergone into depression due to the fact that someone close to his has died. For example: “The stars are not wanted now: put out every one; Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; Pour away the o Continue...

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In the first two stanzas Auden wishes for life to stop and for everyone to acknowledge the death of his friend and to an extent change for him and feel the same way he does, for example: "Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. The ideas of time and distance invoke thoughts about change, as these are two things which constantly are changing, particularly in relation to someone's life. The poem is very effective in conveying the concept of change in the form of the effects on a how a person feels after change has occurred. The use of imagery in reference to nature (also in the above stanza) adds to what extent Auden is changing. The use of the language techniques such as tone, imagery, and concept are very effective in conveying change as they show the after effects of change and how Auden is feeling and coping. The content of the poem, although not about change directly, but instead about the after effects experienced of change experienced re also effective in conveying the concept of change as they also add to the portrayal of how Auden is feeling after a large change in hi life has occurred. "For nothing now can ever come to any good Auden has obviously undergone a change since the death of his friend, and the change must have been a very intense and painful one as the language and tone used is very emotive. This is also emphasised with the use of the past participle 'was'. Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead, Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves, Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves. For nothing now can ever come to any good. This is the same in relation for "My working week and my Sunday rest. Concepts in the poem also impact heavily upon the reading of the poem. The extent of his sadness is also shown through the language he uses in the above stanza.


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