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W.H.Auden:
Ao2: Narrative Technique

Ao3: Ideas behind poetry

Ao4: Context:

If I Could Tell You

Summary- The poem warns that time is indifferent to our hopes and dreams. It offers
images of failure, abandonment and isolation and questions whether there is any
meaning to life. It presents the speaker as…

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Like "O What is That Sound" it seems to be a conversation in process, but here
there are no replies to the comments made.
Like all the poems, it is tinged with pessimism.

Aspects of Narrative:
It cannot be said to tell a story in any conventional sense.
It is…

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Lack of certainty, honest
Positivity, love intrinsically worthwhile



Ao4: Context:
Stanza 6:
Suggestion to Kallman that brief affairs with soldiers are pointless?

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