Funeral Blues: University Poetry Analysis

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Wystan Hugh Auden (21 February 1907 – 29 September 1973), who published as W. H. Auden, was an Anglo-American poet, born in England, later an American citizen, regarded by many critics as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

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FUNERAL BLUES by W. H. AudenStop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dogs 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 for ever: 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.Wystan Hugh AudenWystan Hugh Auden (21 February 1907 - 29 September 1973), who published as W. H. Auden, was an Anglo-American po

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