Stop All the Clocks Essay

1332 WordsAug 31, 20146 Pages
Stop all the clocks – W. H. Auden Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead, Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves, Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves. He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest, My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song; I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong. The stars are not wanted now: put out every one; Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood. For nothing now can ever come to any good. Stop all the clocks is a poem written by W. H. Auden. The version that I am analyzing was published in 1938, but he also wrote an early version in 1936. The earlier version is a satiric poem about the dead of a political leader for the verse play The Ascent of F6. He reused the first two stanzas from the 1936 version, but they following stanzas are not alike. In the 1930’s most the world, was in a financial crisis called the great depression. The reason behind it was the Wall Street crash in 1929, which effected most parts of the world. People were desperate and this was great conditions for new regimes. Regimes like the Nazis, which started the Second World War - only a year after the 1938 version, of the poem was published. This poem does not talk about lost money, but lost love, which is the theme of the poem - the loss of the most beloved person, most likely a husband. It talks about not having the ability to live on without this person and how much he was loved. The poem has 4 stanzas with 4 lines in each. There is used an aabb rhythm scheme all through the poem. This creates a more calm and

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