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EXTRAPOLATION: Further Thoughts

For this discussion, you may use first-person ("I") because you are being asked to explain your personal view regarding the themes articulated in the play. However, you should still use a parenthetical citation if quoting directly.

To that end, write at least 200 words (but not more than 400 words) responding to the following:

---> The reader or this poem occupies a unique position: the poet has invited you to witness both the tragedy and the world's indifference to such tragedy depicted in the poem. Hypothetically, if you were given the privilege--or curse--of this double vision, a sort of superpower, what would you do about it? How does one deal with someone else's suffering? What, if any, are our moral or ethical obligations when we see that others don't notice or are indifferent to it? Should people sail calmly onwards, much like the indifferent ship in the final stanza, or should this poetic preternatural awareness of suffering mandate some sort of action or reaction?


  • Your post should be from 200 to 400 words.
  • You should be specific and reference details from the poem in your answer.
  • Your post must demonstrate your understanding of the topic.
  • You must use full sentences and proper grammar.
  • Try to avoid slang and minimize the use of the word "you."

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WH Auden's "Musee des Beaux About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters: how well they understood Its human position; how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along; How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting For the miraculous birth, there always must be Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating On a pond at the edge of the wood: They never forgot That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer's horse Scratches its innocent behind on a tree. In Brueghel's Icarus for instance: how everything turns away Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry, But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky, Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on. WH Auden
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Musee Des Beaux Poem
The poem Musee des Beaux which signifies Museum of Fine Arts’ is a poem which W .H Auden
composed after visiting this museum in Paris. This poem is a meditation on the old paintings that
were a depiction of the reality of life strikingly. Importantly, he mentioned th...

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