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The theme of the poem is that universal apathy to human suffering causes tragedy and pain. Auden attempts to showcase the consequences of such unfeeling behavior through the imagery of his poem....

Latest answer posted April 16, 2010 6:43 am UTC

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Auden's poem makes a point that others are indifferent to suffering or tragedy that does not directly involve them. Despite his father's warning, Icarus flies too near to the sun with wings made of...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2017 1:24 am UTC

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In “Musee des Beaux Arts,” Auden presents the Old Masters, those painters from the Renaissance to the early Romantic period generally regarded as the best, as providing us with an elevated insight...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2020 11:08 am UTC

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In W. H. Auden's poem, "Musee des Beaux Arts," the speaker points out how irrelevant individual momentous events are to many but those involved in them. And, it is Auden's allusion to "dreadful...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2011 3:14 pm UTC

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Situational irony occurs when events don't unfold as expected. Normally, we expect great fanfare to herald momentous events or events of great suffering. But often these occur on the sidelines, the...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2017 12:18 pm UTC

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The allusion to Icarus is made after W. H. Auden observed in Brussel's art museum a painting by the Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel entitled, The Fall of Icarus, the mythological son of Daedalus, who...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2010 3:10 am UTC

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W. H. Auden's poem "Musée des Beaux Arts" establishes a relationship of incongruity between the classical and monumental recorded by art against the mundane. The second half of the poem refers,...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2015 5:16 pm UTC

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The theme of the poem "Musee des Beaux Arts" by Fleur Adcock is decay, and how that idea can apply to all things which be said to have "lived" in any sense, not only live creatures and plants but...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2010 6:41 pm UTC

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A good thesis might be this: Auden uses Landscape with the Fall of Icarus by Bruegel to highlight a truth regarding the human experience: While some people experience profound suffering, others...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2019 2:51 pm UTC

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The 1939 poem “Musée des Beaux Arts” by W. H. Auden displays an intertextual relationship with previous works, referencing the classical Greek myth about Icarus and the 16th century painting...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2019 7:12 pm UTC

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The poem “Musée des Beaux Arts” by W. H. Auden describes a painting by Pieter Bruegel (the Elder) called "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" that Auden saw in the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2015 12:47 pm UTC

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No matter what the misfortune, there is always some one to whom a human tragedy matters little, or not at all. W. H. Auden's poem, "Musée des Beaux Arts," is an example of ekphrasis, the embedding...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2016 6:05 am UTC

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In W.H. Audens's poem "Musée des Beaux Arts," one section of the painting contains the deathly dive of Icarus into the sea. Icarus is the son of Daedalus, the architect who had formed the Labyrinth...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2015 4:49 am UTC

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I think the biggest factor that is used to characterise suffering in this poem is that of indifference. The various pictures that the speaker looks at as he wanders up and down the gallery...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2012 2:10 pm UTC

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"Musée des Beaux Arts" is a poem by W.H. Auden, about the ability of the Old Master painters to depict human suffering, whether in actual pain or in simply living and being in normal, everyday...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2013 2:21 pm UTC

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In the poem "Musée des Beaux Arts," Auden analyzes the scene in Brueghel's The Fall of Icarus. The speaker notes that while a winged God has crashed into the water, life goes on, unfazed. The...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019 12:44 am UTC

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The last stanza of "Musee de Beaux Arts reinforces the message of the rest of the poem. Based on Bruegel's painting The Fall of Icarus, Auden points out the something amazing can be happening but...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2008 11:48 am UTC

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Poets are visual artists with their imagery just as the great masters replicate scenes with paint. W. H. Auden feels admiration for the Old Masters which he expresses in his poem “Musee des Beaux...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2012 5:14 am UTC

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Icarus was the son of Daedalus, the master inventor in classical myth. Among Daedalus's inventions was the labyrinth that held the Minotaur. While imprisoned in a tower, Daedalus made two sets of...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2019 3:27 am UTC

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The two poems are alike in that each depicts the death of a young adolescent boy. In "Out, Out—", a "big boy" who is doing a "man's work" (although he is "a child at heart") loses a hand when his...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2020 4:27 am UTC

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In Robert Frost's poem, "Out, Out—," a young boy is sawing wood when his sister comes to tell him that dinner is ready. When she speaks, the saw seems to leap from the boy's hand and cuts through...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2020 1:37 am UTC

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Both poems are ekphrastic, which means they are about a work of art. Both poems try to capture in words the effect of a painting. Both pick a painting by the same artist, Pieter Breughel. Auden's...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2019 2:13 am UTC

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W. H. Auden's poem, written after a viewing of the painting "Fall of Icarus" by Bruegel, is reflective of the nature of man to be indifferent to the misery of others. For, in this painting there...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2010 3:45 am UTC

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Both Keats’s "On Seeing the Elgin Marbles" and Auden’s "Musée des Beaux Arts" are poems dealing with the impact visual art has on the viewer and the rest of the humanity. They both question the...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2019 1:39 am UTC

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When thinking about how to organize a literary analysis, it is good to think about the main point or thesis that you will establish and argue. The two poems you mention both deal with a poetic...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2019 6:05 am UTC

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Well, these words are not italicized in the original poem, so I'm assuming this question was designed for the website. However, each word serves the function of highlighting the theme of the poem:...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2009 3:50 am UTC

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W. H. Auden's "Musée des Beaux Arts" is a poem that exemplifies the literary technique of ekphrasis, the embedding of one type of art form inside another. Thus, in this verse of lyrical rhyme,...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2014 10:15 pm UTC

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Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, attributed to Pieter Breughel, shows Icarus's tiny legs dangling in the corner of the painting to emphasize that his tragedy was only a small part of a broader...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2021 8:11 pm UTC

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