Anthology B Poetry Coursework analytical essay of the poems ‘Refugee Blues’ and ‘Disabled’ Name: Ga Yoon Lee Teacher: Mrs Henderson Word count: The poems ‘Refugee Blues’ by W.H Auden and ‘Disabled’ by Wilfred Owen both explore the theme of alienation to portray the brutal persecution of the victims of war. W.H Auden conveys the emotions of guilt from the perspective of a refugee, while Wilfred Owen expresses the isolation of a disabled soldier after the war. The theme of loneliness is successfully portrayed in both poems through the structure, literary techniques and emotive language including a powerful choice of diction. Both poems share the same subject of alienation aggravated by the brutality of the war. ‘Refugee blues’ is a narrative poem which creates a feeling of a refugee telling a story to the readers.
Strauss’ music was programmatic and because of this, it was in opposition to the ideas set forth by Hanslick. Don Quixote is a tone poem about a hero, Don Quixote, who envisions himself a knight in the days of nobility. The music closely follows and mimics the thoughts and actions of Don Quixote. There are two main themes in this piece, the first one represents Don Quixote and the second is the servant, Sancho Panza. Quixote’s theme is first presented in the solo cello part and is soon joined by solo violin and English horn.
The poem is written in a blues poem structure, which means that it is derived from musical tradition of blues with certain elements coming from African-American dialect. A blues poem such as this is usually connected to themes of struggle and loneliness, which can be related to the word “weary” in the title. Similar to a blues song, blues poems also often feature a repetition of phrases in order to emphasize these themes (“Poetic”). “He did a lazy sway / He did a lazy sway” (6-7), “Ain’t got nobody in all this world / Ain’t got nobody but ma self” (19-20), and “I got the Weary Blues And I can’t be satisfied. Got the weary blues And can’t be satisfied” (25-28) are all great examples of repetitive lines being used in this poem in order to to emphasize a relaxed, yet depressing mood.
W.H Auden presents helplessness of the Jewish people in ‘Refugee Blues’ which is set in 1930s Germany when the Jewish people were being persecuted by the Nazi. It is about the terrible plight of being a Jew in the wrong place at the wrong time. As a refugee, the couple have lost their home, their country and their identity and no one is willing to help them as they have ‘old passports’. The melancholy feeling comes through strongly in the blues- a sad song. Auden uses foreshadow, imagery and juxtaposition to convey the helplessness of the Jewish people in the poem.
I feel like ‘Refugee Blues’ portrays the struggles with identity that people experience when they try to move somewhere else while ‘An Unknown Girl’ portrays the struggles with identity people experience after they move there. In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity- Erika
In the poem Refugee Blues Auden creates sympathy for the refugee experience using a variety of techniques and exploring different themes. Auden blames society for the refugees current situation, this can be seen in the quotation “ ‘if we let them in, they will steal our daily bread’: he was talking of you and me, my dear, he was talking of you and me.” This portrays society as very un-Christian. The quotation “they will steal our daily bread” shows them as uncaring and acting outside the Christian faith by accusing the refugees of being thieves and stealing their daily bread. Also the phrasing “he was talking of you and me” shows how society is talking about the refugees but not to them and excluding them from their conversations. Also Auden
The poem Refugee Blues is written by Wilfred H Auden in 1939 who moved to Germany in the late 1920’s and observed Hitler 's rise to power. Refugee blues is in reference to the abuse of human rights and the suffering, despair and isolation that all refugees experience during their journey of survival. The refugees in this case were the Jews. The poem is written as a conversation between two people, possibly a husband sharing his thoughts to his wife. Despair is first shown in the structure of the poem.
“Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas is a villanelle poem that consists of five stanzas with three lines and the last stanza with four lines. The first and third lines are alternating repeated in other stanza of this poem. In this poem, the poet uses the descriptive language to show certain emotions and how it builds up the poet’s state of mind. This poem portrays the idea of fighting against odds and resisting the death which gives an insight into the mind of a person who is courageous and encourages his father to fight against death. The poet uses the descriptive language to create an image of complete resistance to death.
However, they were only supported for a temporary period, eventually they are abandoned to their own fate. This is ironic because this was the only time that the narrator was given an opportunity, but it was like they pretended to give him light, then snatched it away right when he gathers his confidence and spirit. Hereafter, the narrator and his partner are standing at the same helpless place again. Metaphor Auden repeatedly uses metaphors in ‘Refugee Blues’ to portray the mixed emotions the narrator’s mind. In stanza seven ‘thought I heard the thunder rumbling in the sky’, Auden uses this as a metaphor to refer to Hitler’s overpowering voice across Europe.