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An Analysis of In Memory of WB YeatsFriends often share stories or poems of loved one at their funeral This helps to ease their pain and can also express accomplishments of the deceased When WB Yeats passed away one of his contemporaries WH Auden wrote a poem in memory of him Audens poem entitled In Memory of WB Yeats presents the life of Yeats from Audens perspective in three different sections Using literary techniques such as diction varied meter and rhyme alliteration and personification Auden comments on poetry and its ability to outlive its authorEach of the three sections of this poem is different The first section is composed of five stanzas each containing six lines This mainly touches on the death of Yeats and contains neither meter nor rhyme The second section is one stanza composed of ten lines and is a transitional section showing the human aspect of Yeats It is written in iambic hexameter with a rhyme scheme of abbaccdeed The last section is made up of nine stanzas each only four lines long It is written mostly in iambic meter although each line contains seven syllables due the amphimacers at the beginning of the line This section touches on the nature of poetry and its impact and its rhyme scheme is aabbcc etcIn the first stanza Auden immediately begins throwing words at his readers which imply decay and death such as disappeared and dead of winter The natural surroundings reflect Yeats death as the brooks were frozen the airports almost desertedAnd snow disfigured the public statues Auden uses personification and alliteration in his description stating that The mercury sank in the mouth of the dying day The last two lines contain alliteration and are repeated again at the end of this section What instruments we have agree The day of his death was a dark cold day Auden again describes nature in his second stanza except this time he is portraying
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