Updated Shelnut thing - The main theme in W.H Audens poem...

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The main theme in W.H. Auden’s poem “As I Walked Out One Evening” is that pure love cannot last forever; time will inevitably break down love and cause its untimely disintegration. “Oh let not Time Decieve you … you cannot conquer Time.” The lover’s song in stanzas 2-4 uses poetic techniques such as metaphor to describe how their love will go on forever. He sings that their love will only cease to exist when impossible things happen such as, “the river jumps over the mountain” and if “the seven stars go squawking like geese in the sky”. In stanza 6 Auden personifies Time by portraying it as evil, even sleezy; “oh let not Time deceive you”. “Time watches from the shadow// And coughs when you would kiss” suggests that Time is a voyeur and is disgusted by one of the most common ways of showing love, kissing. The word “coughs” also suggest that Time is spreading illness and disease which infect what was once pure, eventually. The stanza “O plunge, plunge your hands in water … And wonder what you have
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This note was uploaded on 11/15/2011 for the course ENGLISH ENC1105 taught by Professor Johnsmith during the Spring '11 term at Harrison College.

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