Heath 1 Clinton Heath EN200ii Prof. Pacor October 8, 2012 Worksheet on W.H.

Auden‟s, „Funeral Blues‟ During the first reading of this poem, I got a sense of a funeral with some interesting aspects added to it; especially “Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone” (Auden 577). The subsequent readings really brought out the meaning and especially once read aloud, the depth of the meaning really came to light. The situation was quite dramatic as it was obviously a funeral of a loved one. This drama can be seen in the final lines of the poem, “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” (577). The author is basically stating that his (or her depending on the point of view) loved one is gone and it is a very sad time; perhaps one in which the world means nothing to this person. This poem is also intriguing with its rhyming; in particular, every last word of each line is rhymed. The tone of the poem is quite sad since it is about a funeral and the narrator is very upset about the death of the loved one. „Harlem‟ by Langston Hughes seems to be a poem of a different light from that of Auden‟s „Funeral Blues.‟ Upon first reading of this poem, I noticed the use of contrasting with each line, like “Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over- like a syrupy sweet?” (Hughes 542). The final line “Or does it explode?” (542) is especially moving since it gives such an idea as to what really happens to a deferred dream.

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