Janie Ramírez July 24, 2008 Prophesize With a Pen In W. H. Auden’s poem, “September 1, 1939”, the poet response to Hitler’s invasion of Poland by not only addressing the world changing event and its effects, but also addresses the dangers of the extreme individual. The speaker sets up the events that started individualism and declares society has taken it beyond intelligent reason, “Unearth the whole offence From Luther until now That has driven a culture mad” (13-15). Hitler’s excessive need to feed his ego and take over the world is an example of the individual too obsessed “a psychopathic god” (18). When the invasion takes place, all people can do is worry about the interruption it creates in their routine, “Obsessing our private lives”, (9). They want to deny it is even happening and “Cling to their average day: The lights must never go out, The music must always play, All the conventions conspire To make this fort assume The furniture of home” (45-51). Like the people of Babylon, cursed with each a different tongue, this society of individuals is
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