- 'museum of fine arts' - refers to a museum in Brussels visited by Auden in 1938.
- eleborate, elegant French phrase - platanyl out of place with the poem's homely, plain language and rustic landscape/seeming formlessness
- Auden questions the ability of art to amtter in a world of disinterest and apathy.
- the title refers to a where art is displayed
- Art glorifies - even horrific content can be perceived to be beautiful - fitting with key message that suffering is ignored.
- Written in 1938/39 - start of WW2.
- Key theme is the universal difference to human misfortune and suffering.
- Link to historical context:
- Rising facism and the coming WW2 - saw many people in Europe slaughtered and…