The poet has a critical attitude towards this subject and it is clearly demonstrates once the reader analysis the poem. Interestingly, and ironically, the speaker himself is also unknown. The citizen served the community up until the day he died. However, in line 28 and 29, whether he felt free and happy, the state never knows because no government statistics can ever answer these kinds of questions. The state even call him a 'saint', because he kept to the straight and narrow and was a good role model, not because he was holy or carried out religious acts. I love my Mom and Dad and Sis to the fullest like the sunflower loves the Sun. The sense of this poem depends greatly upon the tone, because literally the poem has a completely different connotation than it does if u considers the tone.
Many European governments of that time resorted to dictatorship of some kind or another and the individualism of general citizen was at stake. Written in England in 1939, it was prophetic, as Europe was being sucked into a war of competing totalitarian ideologies. In fact, the surprising rhyming couplets add to the humour that is pervasive in this piece. Auden The poem that I am going to talk about is the Unknown Citizen by W. He likes to remain unknown. His poetry frequently recounts, literally or metaphorically, a journey or quest, and his travels provided rich material for his verse. That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a saint.
These patterns increase the dry humor of the poem. Suggesting that a plane could use its chem. Written in free verse, although using many couplets, this poem is a poem that describes the life of a certain person through his records and documents. The next line furthers the importance of this person that has passed away. While a person might be persuaded that he is free or happy, the evidence of his life shows that he is just one more cog in the faceless, nameless bureaucratic machine.
. This rhyme scheme is mixed, there is no regular pattern, so its effect is to bond, confuse and some might say, loosen by humour humor in American English. Auden wrote this poem in 1940, and although over sixty five years have passed, this poem rings truer than ever. It does not imply that we have to be famous first in order to be acknowledged by others, but it is all about what we have done to our society. It consists only one stanza, though actually, since the poem is a modern poetry, it is hard to tell, whether it consists only one or more than one stanza.
He had, A phonograph, a radio, a car and a frigidaire. His poems cover a wide range of topics from politics, religion, love and social issues. The stars represent hope and love and the narrator just has no interest in these things now. As Auden writes: The Press are convinced that he bought a paper every day And that his reactions to advertisements were normal in every way. But for the Unknown Citizen, it is more that his life was so conventional that he did not distinguish himself in any way from his fellow citizens.
Auden satirizes the United States as an entity, which restrains individual advancement. Since he died a long time ago, many people most likely forgot about his struggles or all good things he has done as a hero. The next line starts to explain the condition or what has happened to the unknown citizen. He never got fired from his job. These two questions are more relevant to personal identity than any others.
From the form aspect we can also see that the poem was written in the free verse, because it is unrhymed. Posted on 2009-12-07 by a guest. The speaker knows that those in power have put in place all that is necessary to nullify the citizen - effective propaganda being their main tool. Due to Spam Posts are moderated before posted. No one stepped forward, during their investigation, to say that he had done some wrong.
The title of Auden's poem parodies this. It proves he has assimilated fully from individual to constituent of the mass. The Press are convinced that he bought a paper every day And that his reactions to advertisements were normal in everyway. He did not quarrel with the education they got which means that their education was left up to the control of the State. These lines are the first to indicate that the setting of the poem is probably America. It is delivered in, some might say, a boring monotonous tone, a reflection of the bureaucracy under which the citizen served. He worked hard, was part of the union but never strayed or broke the rules.
The poem is pretending to be an official celebration of a dead person: the Unknown Citizen. In this, the state pays tribute and describes a successful and positive product of its efficiency and effectiveness. He thought the right thoughts, bought the right products, and had the right number of children. The whole idea of the Unknown Citizen is a parody of the serious military concept of the Unknown Soldier, which was created in order to recognize the sacrifice of soldiers who died anonymously. I wanna find a wonderful job. Does this group exclude anyone? The poem is telling us we are a product of our countries, we are nothing but a number of digits to be identified. I guess I have learnt a lesson.