An Analysis of W. H. Auden’s Stop All the Clocks, Cut Off the Telephone

500 words need to answer: 
What are your expectations for poem from title, first reading?
What does poem really say (rearrange inverted phrases etc. to understand, translate poem into comprehensible English
Who is speaking? Who is listening? What (if any) are characters?
Where /when is action/story/picture happening?
What exactly is happening?
Why does it (subject/story/emotion matter? In other words what is poem really about?
Does form of poem have any real effect; does it contribute to meaning, interest, emotion? If not, say so. If so, explain what form does to overall meaning/effect of poem. 
What did you think of poem?

The readers can think that the author wants a moment of peace and silence because clocks make noise ticking and phone ring. Moreover, the poem’s title starts with a series of harsh commands revealing that the author wanted to have peace of mind. It appears that the speaker is angry and results to issuing a series of harsh orders or instance, he intends to cut the telephone and stop the clock. Thus, it appears like physical representations of communication and time to the reader.

In the initial verse, the speaker commands for the clocks to be stopped, to cut off the phone so that it may not ring, the dog to be still with a bone to gnaw, and music from the pianos be discontinued. In its place, let the muffled drum beats accompany the casket since it brought out, and mourners arrive at the funeral.

The poem appears from the perception of a man (apparently the poet himself) deeply mourning the loss of a companion who died. He begins by demanding for silence from ordinary objects of life like the telephone, clocks, animals (dog) and drums. The listeners in the poem are the mourners. The only characters in the poem are the speaker and mourners. In the first stanza of his poem, the speaker request that the casket be brought out, and the mourners come.

 The narrator request changes where he interchanges from the reserved and close-knit service of bereavement to opt for more public exhibition of grief. However, this is absurd since he requests for a plan to fly in circles in the sky and use the relative recent phenomenon of skywriting. The poem was known as Funeral Blues after being printed in Collected Poems. Moreover, I was rewritten as cabaret hymn to suit the burlesque assessments in Berlin. It was intended for Hedili Anderson in the piece written by Britten Benjamin. The speaker uses this poem to show the last journey of his lover who had died. In the burial and, more broadly, the period of mourning, the orator does not want to be bothered by the racket nearby him partially since he desires time to lament and somewhat because sounds are a recap that the world may carry on. Therefore, this shows that one’s personal pain dwarfs the concerns of the world. Thus, it habitually becomes improbable that everyone would not portion in the feeling of sorrowfulness and loss felt by the speaker…

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