Midterm Writing Assignment (First Draft)

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English 105 Midterm Assignment February 3, 2007 Poetry Analysis In “Stop All the Clocks, Cut Off the Telephone” by W.H. Auden, the author presents a devastatingly emotional poem about death, isolation, emptiness and longing. In four stanzas the speaker builds with a growing mood of sorrow from the time before the funeral (“Stop all the clocks, Silence the pianos. .”.), during the funeral itself (“Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. ..”), after the funeral (‘He was my North, my South. ..”), and cumulating in the loneliness and grief that comes with it. In the first two stanzas there are a few symbols of death that can be found. First, asking to stop the clocks, cut off the telephone, and silence the noises, reflects the person we are mourning for who’s life has been “stopped”, “cut off”, and “silenced”, the beating of the “muffled drum” which is a traditional military signal of the arrival of a dead body, and the aeroplanes circling overhead like vultures circling over a fresh corpse. Then the
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This essay was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course ENG 105 taught by Professor Surarath during the Winter '07 term at Central Washington University.

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