As I Walked Out One Evening Analysis

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Written by Wystan Hugh Auden in 1940, “As I Walked Out One Evening” is a poem that is complex in many ways, just like Auden was. Born in 1907 England, Auden was from a well-off family, a son to a doctor and a nurse named George and Constance, respectively (#). Raised in a heavily industrialized section of England, Auden was heavily influenced by science and math in his young life (Carpenter #). Up until his career and through his educational career, Auden was interested in the mechanics of the world, how everything worked, but he was not interested in pursuing anything more. He found, after attending college for math and science for a while, that he was more suited for the English language. Through his entire life, he had a way with words, often writing poems and short stories in his free time, even when at risk of being scolded. As a young man, Auden moved to America and was influenced by the native poets there such as (find the authors) after already being influenced by many British poets. Auden’s public writing career occurred mostly in the mid-1900’s when he published several books of poetry such as Another Time, an anthology of short poems he wrote between 1936 and 1939 and published in the 1940’s. The persona, pathos, style, and complexity in W. H. Auden’s “As I Walked Out One Evening” all portray the overarching themes of Time, Love, and Death all while incorporating major aspects of his life at the time.
Narration in Auden’s “As I Walked Out One Evening” passes
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