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While W H Auden is usually considered a master poet of political and intellectual conscience in this poem he touches on the emotional suffering of a recently widowed woman By using the literary device of imagery the poet paints a gloomy funeral scene personifying the intense emotions of a loved one as she attempts to deal with the loss of her soul mate The first emotion that is pictured in this funeral dirge is that of the complete shut down of all the senses as the finality of this tragic loss is realized Stop all the clocks cut off the telephone with these opening words the reader begins to hold their breath as the allusion of the stopping of the clocks is meant to bring alive the feeling that all that was normal has now come to an abrupt halt Time governs most daily functions yet we never consider the physical clock as very important While glanced at occasionally it is often not given its proper credit it is assumed that it will continue doing what it has always done Just as this technological device ruling our day is an ordinary and familiar event so is the relationship she has with her loved mate He is always there like the clock running in the background the very heartbeat of her existence My moon my midnight my talk my song Often unseen or even not thought of there is the reassurance that he continues as the stabilizing force for his lover With the sudden and tragic loss of her beloved husband there would be no more need for time Similarly telephones are on the same order as the clock This is another common device that has become an indispensable part of life A main source of communication available at a moments notice it may sit silent for a time but its sudden ring will interrupt our day and demand immediate attention
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