Refugee Blues: Overview

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REFUGEE BLUES: OVERVIEW The poem refugee blues is written by W.H Auden. The main theme of the poem focuses on depression, homelessness and despairs which can be made out by reading the name of the poem itself. Auden writes from the perspective of a German Jew refugee who flees from persecution and war in his country and is now looking for acceptance in society. To start with, Auden puts the poem across in a way that we feel empathy for the German Jews and fathom what went through a refugee's mind when they elope from their homeland. He gives examples like: "Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes. Yet there's no place for, my dear..." This line creates a sense of difference or contrast between the houses of the rich and the poor; Yet, the German Jews had no mansion nor hole to reside in. Auden uses many other literary techniques through out the poem for making the readers feel sympathetic towards the German Jews. Correspondingly, the poem consists of stanzas that evidently explain the dilemma of the German Jews. Few of the many examples are: being unable to get accepted into the society; feeling as if they were getting chased and hunted down; being constricted and controlled by governments and losing their identity and freedom. For example: "... The speaker got up and said: If we let them in, they will steal our daily bread" this displays the unwelcoming and selfish behaviour of society towards the refugees; Auden also writes about the concept of freedom, which is a basic human right, that the German Jews simply didn't have. Due to which the speaker felt envious towards animals: " Saw the fish swimming as if they were free" and " Walked through the woods and saw the birds in the trees; They had no politicians and sang at their ease. They weren't the human race, my dear..." This sentence clearly shows that the speaker was perceiving that the

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