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The poem Musee Des Beaux Arts by W H Auden is a poem about human suffering and is best seen in context when viewing the Fall of Icarus painting by Breughal The basic theme of the poem is a response to the tragedy of the death of Icarus represented in the painting by Breughal The opening life About Suffering they were never wrong already sets the overall message of the poem that suffering is all around us The poem gives a subjective view of suffering and states that it is merely another part of our lives It does this through juxtaposing images of tragedy and suffering with the ordinary events of everyday life and the effect created is a tone of indifference towards individual tragedies of Humankind in this case of Icarus In the poem martyrdom and suffering are compared to ordinary events such as dogs go on with their doggy lives The miraculous birth at the start of the poem is juxtaposed with the death of Icarus at the end of the poem Auden is basically stating that life still goes on and that suffering is an accepted part of our lives This is represented in the line In Breughals Icarus for instance how everything turns away quite leisurely from the disaster When viewing Breughals painting the fall of Icarus is represented with a single flaying leg out of the sea No one seems to notice Icarus The ploughman is going on with his ploughing and the Shepherd is occupied with his sheep Icarus is placed in the bottom right hand corner of the painting hardly noticeable This relates back to the poem In Breughels Icarus for instance how everything turns away Quite leisurely from the disaster the ploughman may Have heard the splash the forsaken cry But for him it was not an important failure These lines states the acceptance of suffering in our lives how the lives of ordinary
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