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The Unknown citizen By WH Auden Starting with the title one gets the feeling of anonymity that is he was just one in many It is a play on The unknown soldier It is obvious that this is in fact a report and the dedication To JS07M378 further proves the idea of no individuality WH Auden had become the unofficial poet laurite of his time and although the poet laurite is known for being the voice of establishment I feel that he was the exact opposite the voice of antiestablishment Wilfred Owen was a major influence on Auden and it is fair to say that Auden was an indirect continuation of the world war poets This poem was written in the early to mid 30s around the time of Hitlers rise Therefore one is impelled to feel that WH Auden agreed with DH Lawrences illusion of liberty That is that free countries elude us into thinking we are free where in reality these free countries have just found a more subliminal way of controlling us resulting in the same fascist state where individualism is no more you are the state It is a de personification of a human being in that he acts in the way he is expected to He held the proper opinions for the time of the year The first line He was found by the Bureau makes one think of two things Firstly He was found makes it very impersonal no name but He Secondly from the word Bureau I feel an ironic attack on bureaucracy The Unknown Citizen is written in official ese ie a government style of writing It has an abab rhyme scheme throughout the poem except for occasional breaks One of these breaks is to allow Fudge Motors Inc This no doubt was done to emphasise realism As it was written as a report it obviously has a very rigid structure The mood
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