I need help analyzing "As I walked out one evening" by W.H. Auden focusing on the poem's use of symbol, myth, archetype, or allegory.
I need help writing a 400-500 word essay on "As I walked out one evening" that focuses on symbol, myth, archetype or allegory.
Auden's "As I walked out one evening" is concerned with the effect of the passing of time on love. Written in a deceptively simple language, the poem interweaves three different voices: a passing observer hears the voice of one of two lovers promising the other that their love will never finish. The third voice, which we start to hear in the sixth stanza, is not that of the other lover but of all the clocks in the city, a symbol of the passing of time. In what amounts to more than half the length of the poem, the clocks counter the promise of eternal love made by the second voice. The images they use convey the central idea that "vaguely life leakes away" and that love is therefore finite.
The last stanza devoted to the clocks also introduces the theme of human crookedness, which may directly refer to the historical context of the poem with the world swiftly moving toward the Second World War.
The deep river running on at the end of the poem represents a different, more natural way of measuring time with respect to the mechanized chiming of the clocks. The fact that the river continues to run may be auspicious for the lovers whose feeling could continue to flourish even in the most adverse conditions.