Stop All the Clocks by W.H. Auden Essay

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Stop All the Clocks by W.H. Auden
Works Cited Missing Wystan Hugh (formally known as W.H) Auden was born in York, England, in 1907. Influenced by the work of Emily Dikinson, Robert Frost and some other poets, he published his first book of verse in 1928. Ever since, he has been recognized and admired for his incomparable technicality and his ability to write verses in many different forms. "Stop all the clocks" is one of Auden's most prominent poems; this lyrical ambiguity is what I will be depicting throughout this commentary. At first, when I read the title "Stop all the clocks", I was
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The whole line itself, "Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone" has this particular effect on the reader. "Cut off the telephone" is just a figurative way of wanting no communication with anyone, slightly shut away from society. All of lines 1-4 depict this very mood and theme. The speaker does not seem to want anything happy, he/she wants silence and especially grief. Until line 4, "Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come", I did not know why this was so. Line 4 shows that the speaker has lost a loved one through death. The most interesting feature of this stanza is the idiom "muffled drum". I feel that the "muffled drum" represents the gloomy, dullness of the situation; the sound of mourning. The repetitive nature of the drum creates an unexplainable tedious imagery, and the fact that it is "muffled" makes it rather emphatic in a distant, silenced way.

Stanza two is also 4 lines long. As I try to understand it, I realize that is it quite the opposite of stanza one. Unlike stanza one, which tries to portray hiding emotions and being away from the world, stanza two speaks of publicizing the grief and exposing the anguish and misery of the situation. The speaker clearly wants the world to mourn with him/ her. I identify this by the line "Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead". Another aspect of the stanza I have noticed

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