What type of poem is Auden's "Funeral Blues"? What are the indicators of the poem (is it lyrical or narrative)? What sound or musical devices does the poem use?
The poem is an elegy , but I agree that the poem has a satiric (or at least ironic) element to it. The rhyme scheme supports this view; the poem consists of eight rhymed couplets, and this pattern gives the poem a kind of pat regularity that can be understood as undermining the seriousness of purpose normally associated with an elegy. The rhyming also emphasizes the hyperbolic nature of the poet’s reaction to the death of this unnamed person—sometimes this is quite funny (“Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead / Scribbling on the sky the message ‘He is Dead’”) and sometimes delivers an unexpected punch (“My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song / I thought love would last forever. I was wrong”). The final two lines of the poem sum up Auden’s ambivalent relationship to the subject of the poem (“Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood; / For nothing now can ever come to any good”)—on the one hand, it’s clear that this is meant to be seen as an overreaction, but...
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