I need help with a poem?? Elegy for J.F.K. by W.H. Auden
Why then, why there,
Why thus, we cry, did he die?
The heavens are silent.
What he has, he was:
What he is fated to become
Depends on us
Remembering his death,
How we choose to live
Will decide its meaning.
When a just man dies,
Lamentation and praise,
Sorrow and joy, are one.
What are your opinions on this poem? What do you feel about it? I want your opinions and be sure to explain why!!!! Also, what do you think the meaning is? What is it saying?
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To me, the meaning here is that the speaker is mourning the death of Pres. Kennedy. He is asking God, presumably, why this was allowed to happen.
The middle two stanzas, I think, are saying that JFK's legacy will depend on what people do -- if it inspires people to do great things, then it was a meaningful death. If not, maybe it wasn't.
I suppose that is why joy and praise are involved here -- because we celebrate his life and his legacy.
For me, this does not really make me think much because JFK was before my time and I don't think he was all that special as a president.
So all it really does for me is to show me how much some people in the '60s thought of JFK.
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