How Do Language, Imagery and Structure Contribute to the Mood of "Stop All the Clocks" by W H Auden?

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Stop All The Clocks by W H Auden How do language, imagery and structure contribute to the poem’s mood? Stop All The Clocks, by W H Auden, is an emotional poem, of deep sadness, that drenches the poet’s feeling on how he felt since he has lost his loved one. Auden uses a variety of language and imagery to show how he is feeling about the death of the man that he loves. In this essay, I will explore how the language, imagery and structure of the poem contribute to its mood. The poems structure is that so it has four quatrains, this means that it has four stanzas whereby each of them has four lines. Each of the quatrains has the same rhyming pattern, where line one and two rhyme, and line three and four rhyme. The poem also has assonance of the sound “oo” and “ou” throughout the poem, this could be to show the “mourning” sound, so that it can emphasize on the emotions of the poet. In the first stanza, a lot of imagery is used whereby the poet commands for all daily activities to stop, he wants complete silence, for example “stop all the clocks”, “cut off the telephone”, “prevent the dogs from barking” and “silence the pianos”. Auden does this to show that something tragic has happened, and it has great importance to him. The first line, “stop all the clocks”, is something that the poet is commanding that isn’t possible, this could mean death – as when someone dies, their time is over. The second line of the stanza, “prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone”, could be used to show that Auden is trying to say that we should stop complaining when we have something that brings us joy – as a juicy bone brings joy to a dog, and barking means that the dog is complaining. He also commands to “silence the pianos with muffled drum”, which gives the reader the image of a funeral setting, with slow saddening music that isn’t obstructive to anyone. The

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