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Muse des Beaux Arts by WH Auden About suffering they were never wrong The Old Masters how well they understood Its human position how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along How when the aged are reverently passionately waiting For the miraculous birth there always must be Children who did not specially want it to happen skating On a pond at the edge of the wood They never forgot That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course Anyhow in a corner some untidy spot Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturers horse Scratches its innocent behind on a tree In Brueghels 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 the sun shone As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green Water and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen Something amazing a boy falling out of the sky Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on Muse des Beaux Arts - Analysis The American Second World War poet WH Auden was famous for writing poetry concerning the suffering of humanity in various forms The poem Muse des Beaux Arts hints at Audens involvement in the conflict between meaningful events and an oblivious world It also shows Audens increased awareness of Christianity Muse des Beaux Arts is written in free verse meaning that the poem is essentially free of meter lilting within the line regular rhythm or a rhyme scheme This seeming lack of structure that free verse offers is deliberately used by Auden and works to illuminate the poems meaning In Audens lyrical poem the long irregular
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