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The poem is about the death of hope Auden is distraught over the deaths in WWII The soldiers of WWII were teenagers To have 55 million children dead is an act of pure genocide To Auden the fact that people let this happen means that the world is an ugly place Art is a thing of beauty and humans dont deserve it because of the ugly things we do Auden uses The Fall of Icarus to describe the way people behave Everyone sees that Icarus has fallen but they turn their heads instead of helping Icarus That is how WWII was everyone knew that massive amounts of people would die but they just turned their heads This poem contains an approach to its subject different from many other poems The subjects of many other poems -love war etc- are recognized and commented on by the poets This is not the case here for Auden shows arts importance by his initial comment that About suffering they were never wrong the old masters then investigates how the Old Masters show that they were never wrong The Old Masters dont exactly have to represent people but I believe Auden is referring to the chorus of Oedipus The chorus knows all about suffering and they know it shouldnt be This poem is also written poorly because people dont deserve a well written poem People dont notice the problems because people dont care They dont get the point to the story about The Fall of Icarus because they dont care Last a whole generation died in WWII because people dont care In the painting The Fall of Icarus the ploughman and the delicate ship did not just happen to be there they were placed in the painting by the artist for a specific purpose - with the result that to Auden the true nature of suffering is shown The necessity for recognition is Audens
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