Auden Poetry Context etc

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  • Auden Poetry
    • Context
      • Homosexuality
        • It was illegal to be gay until 1967 so Auden was forced to qualm his references to his sexuality in his poetry
      • Born to a well-off middle class family
      • Moved to America at the time of writing 1st September
      • Hitler comes to power in 1931
    • 1st September
      • Written 1939- specific day where the war in Europe is declared
      • Aspects of Narrative
        • Established setting. 1st person perspective. Arrives at an emotional destination but with no eventual climax- enduring war
      • Prominent Quotes
        • 'Neutral Air' Reflects American's decision to stay out of european conflct
        • 'Blind Skyscrapers'-wilful ignorence, capitalist cultre is symbolised with the skyscrapers, manifested in personification
      • Auden tried to hide the poem
        • Context
          • Homosexuality
            • It was illegal to be gay until 1967 so Auden was forced to qualm his references to his sexuality in his poetry
          • Born to a well-off middle class family
          • Moved to America at the time of writing 1st September
          • Hitler comes to power in 1931
    • As I Walked Out One Evening
      • Fom
        • Ballad- set to music
        • Quatrains with an ABCD rhyme scheme- childlike nursury rhyme
      • Style
        • Metaphorical exploration of philosophical ideas- personifies time
      • Narrative Aspects
        • Setting of rural adminst a metropolis
        • Destination is quite abrupt- lovers' ardour is dampened contrast to their jovality in song
    • O What Is That Sound
      • Style/Tone
        • Framed as a conversation use of  exclamation in the title  'O'
        • Use of questions shows the confusion of war
      • wife asking husband not to fight- addresses the stress of the inevibilty
        • Prophetic- Auden lists people who are constcipted- war will grow in size
      • Climax is the arrival of the soliders which were preempted by the wife from the start
      • Repetition- of onomatopoeic 'drumming drumming' sensory language
      • The idea of distance as protection finality it the door breaking down and exposure to the violent threat
    • Miss Gee
      • Deals with isolation, lonliness and  the invetiability of death
        • Aversion to the male sexuality manifests as a bull in her dream- perhaps shows how Auden is averse to women
      • Brechtian satire, bathos used (cutting of her body) to remark upon how she is cast aside by the upper class (doctor)
      • Reference to how doctors can't understand their patients unless they connect with them on an emotional level- Doctors laughing
      • devices
        • Dialogue representation, direct address, omniscient narration

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