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Unformatted text preview: Commentary - The Unknown Citizen Jacky Chong The Unknown Citizen by W. H. Auden, is a poem that consists of different kinds of people and organizations judging on the characteristics of our dear Citizen. From the first few sentences, we learn that the poem we are going to read is a documentation dedicated to The Unknown Citizen. The first line is not-so-friendly-sounding, which clearly establishes a tone of superiority and formality of the government. Written in third-person, the narrative mode of nearly omniscience and omnipotence, the narrator has access to every single detail (though they are all quite superficial) of the citizens life, reestablishing the superior tone. The poem conveys that the government knows everything about the citizens life, which is full of stirring accomplishment, except whether he was free and happy. The inscription on the monument, which is the poem, tells us almost nothing about the man whom it is dedicated to; instead, it tries...
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- Spring '11